A legal practitioner and former member of the House ofRepresentatives, Honourable Opeyemi Bamidele has urged the All Progressives Congress, APC, to learn a lesson from the colossal loss it suffered during the June 2014 governorship poll in Ekiti State.
He said the party needed to build a strong internal democracy and foster unity among members, saying no individual could unilaterally win an election without the contributions of others.
Bamidele made the remarks at Iyin Ekiti at the weekend while addressing party supporters during a reunification rally to formalise his return to APC with his supporters, where he was received by the acting state chairman of the party, Mrs. Kemi Olaleye and the State Working Committee, SWC.
He commended the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Governors Niyi Adebayo, Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi over their roles at ensuring that the party bounced back to reckoning.
The former federal lawmaker said his defection to Labour Party to realise his ambition was only constitutional and borne out of the circumstances of that time.
He was emphatic that this should not be mischievously misinterpreted to mean that he was out to play a spoiler’s role against his friend, Fayemi.
“I pray that God will return all our losses and this could only happen when we are one and united. APC has lost elections persistently because we are divided. Whoever knows me well will realise that I am not a desperado or a traitor. I have always believed strongly in the will of God.
“There was nothing the then President Goodluck Jonathan did not do to ensure that I stepped down for Governor Fayose before the governorship election, but I stood my ground as a progressive. That was why I didn’t defect to PDP in the first place, because I was conscious of my background in politics.
“But I want to apologise to whoever I must have offended by my defection to LP to contest at that time. In politics, differences can come in diverse ways. It has come for us in APC and we lost an election; so what should be paramount to us now is reconciliation and how to restructure our party,” he stated.
In her speech, the state acting chairman of the party, Mrs. Kemi
Olaleye warned members against discrimination, assuring that
“both the old and the new will enjoy the same privileges. We are not like other parties that usually stipulate number of years before you can contest. You enjoy full privileges the moment you are accepted.”

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