As the governorship contest in Ekiti State gathers momentum, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state and Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, has said that the party will not embark on a “suicidal mission” by committing the ticket in the hands of those he described as “decampees” in APC.
Ojudu also went further to say that APC will not give its ticket to a candidate without “progressive background,” adding that he and other progressive politicians in the party “won’t support such a dangerous political strategy.”
Senator Ojudu, who stated this while addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti, on Sunday, also said those currently engaged in one campaign activity or the other ahead of 2018 governorship election in the state were promoting illegality and lawlessness.
Ojudu, who himself is believed to be eyeing the office of the governor of Ekiti State in the next election, explained that the fear of running afoul of the law gave rise to his refusal to join the bandwagon of those declaring their intentions to run, despite huge pressure mounted on him daily by men and women of goodwill to do so.
He however boasted that apart from winning the party primaries, nobody, either in APC or PDP, including the incumbent governor and candidate of his party would be able to withstand him or stand on his way if he eventually indicates interest in the gubernatorial race.
The presidential aide told newsmen that those reported to be making open declarations about their intention to run for the governorship election, when the actual exercise was still more than a year away, were going against the electoral act.
He said it was more worrisome to also find some of the aspirants already painting the streets of towns, red with their campaign posters and billboards, at a time when INEC was yet to give the go-ahead for such activities.