Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
A governorship aspirant in the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, Opeyemi Bamidele, has appealed to delegates not to allow money to influence their choice of candidate in the party’s primary.
The former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State said the larger interest of party in defeating the Peoples Democratic Party should be uppermost in the minds of the delegates.
According to him, any money offered them by aspirants should be seen as an act of generosity and not an attempt to buy their conscience ahead of the primary.
Bamidele, who described himself as the best man for the job based on his performance in political offices held in the past, urged the delegates to consider the pedigree of all aspirants and what they have achieved in the past as public officers.
In a statement made available on Sunday, the former member of the House of Representatives further appealed to the leadership of the party to ensure a free, fair and transparent primary.
He disagreed with those calling on former governors not to participate in the primary, saying it was their constitutional right if they believed they were best suited to govern the state.
He, however, urged the former governors not to use their position to manipulate the primary in their favour as that could stoke internal crisis in the party.
Enjoining party leaders to ensure cohesion in the party, Bamidele promised to carry all members along if they voted for him as the APC standard bearer in the state governorship election.
He added that the party and its leaders would play a leading role in his administration if elected, saying he understood perfectly the role of the party in modern day democracy and would pursue common interest of all and sundry.
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