Former House of Representatives member, Hon Bamidele Faparusi has warned that intra-party squabbles and disunity may rob the All Progressives Congress, APC, of victory during the much-awaited 2018 governorship poll.
Faparusi, also declared that the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun led National Working Committee, NWC, of the party had committed no crime by setting agenda on who should be elected as leaders of the 8th National Assembly, in line with the party supremacy doctrine.
He spoke in Ode Ekiti recently during a thanksgiving service marking the completion of his 4-year term as a member of the House of Reps.
Faparusi, a strong member of Ekiti APC Restoration Group, assured that he and other like-minded APC leaders are working hard to unify the party and bring all splinter groups under one umbrella, to be able to defeat the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in 2018.
Present at the occasion were: former chairman of the PDP and now APC chieftain, Chief Ropo Adesanya, Senator Gbenga Aluko, represented by his Director of Mobilisation, Mr Dare Abey, ex-council boss, Mr Paul Abegunde, former commissioner for special duties, Mr Apalara Adewumi, among others.
He thanked his constituents and his party for giving him the opportunity to serve at that prestigious legislative stratum, promising to work with all interested groups to re-launch the APC back to reckoning in the state ahead of future elections.
Faparusi, further said such herculean task could only be achievable, if the party has a united house devoid of acrimony.
“As leaders and beneficiaries of the party, we must reposition the APC. We are meeting with former governors, former senators and Reps members and others on the need to brainstorm on the future of our party.
“Though, I have seen some people declaring ambitions to contest, but I believe that we must first come together as a strong family before doing that. We are taking steps and by the grace of God we will approach the next election with more vigour and strength to be able to recapture Ekiti”.
On the leadership crisis rocking the federal legislature, Faparusi said, it was the prerogative of a party, particularly the ruling party, to guide its elected members and ensure that they execute programmes that would be in tandem with the mission and vision of its president.
“I have heard people ignorantly arguing that APC has no reason to interfere in who becomes what in the National Assembly. This argument is wrong. The APC has the responsibility to guide its members to protect its interests.
“Before you stood for elections, you would sign a pact with the party that you would abide by its directive at all times. So, APC did no wrong by ensuring that those who shared President Muhammadu Buhari’s dream are elected as Senate President and the Speaker, as the case may be.
“APC has not breached any law by interfering because lobbying is part of legislative norms and convention. The party can lobby for a certain candidate to occupy a certain position for certain reasons”, he stated.

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