Former speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Honourable Femi Bamisile has promise that the APC would reclaim Ekiti State from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 2018.
Bamisile, who was the speaker during Segun Oni’s government, pointed that the loss suffered by former Governor Kayode Fayemi to Mr Ayodele Fayose was a mere temporary setback to the party, expressing confidence that the party would reconcile all interests and bounce back to reckoning.
The former lawmaker spoke in Ado Ekiti at the weekend during a meeting he convened and attended by stakeholders from the 16 local government areas of the state.
The former speaker said he would declare his interest in the 2018 governorship election in the nearest future.
He appealed to APC members in Ekiti to begin the process of reaching out to “commercial drivers and motorcyclists, teachers, civil servants, artisans, market men and women and other critical stakeholders to make the dream of recapturing the state a reality.”
Bamisile also called on the party leaders to embrace whoever is appointed as minister by President Muhammadu Buhari, so that the party could form a strong coalition against the ruling PDP in the state before the forthcoming governorship poll.
“I am very certain that APC will take over Ekiti in 2018. But we have to start the process of rebuilding the party and that is exactly what we are doing. I have developed a team across the 16 council areas. We are working underground and we will ensure that everybody is brought on board.
“Though Fayemi’s loss brought a little setback, but if you go round you will realise that APC is still a party to beat in Ekiti. All we need to do is to reconcile all divided interests and sensitise our people,” he said.
He praised President Buhari for the N2.1 billion bailout he released for the payment of salaries in Ekiti State, urging him to monitor the governor for the money not to be misappropriated.
“President Buhari has given Ekiti a lifeline. He has rescued our people out of poverty and Fayose must pay our workers. He must not divert the money.
“The APC as an opposition party is monitoring the situation closely. Fayose will give account of how he spent the N2.1 billion. He will also explain to EFCC how he spent the N22 billion released by FG on federal roads constructed by Fayemi, because his immunity will go very soon,” he said.