A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi, has warned that the party may lose the 2018 gubernatorial election to the All Progressives Congress (APC) if Governor Ayo Fayose imposes a candidate on the electorate.
Ajayi insisted that there must be a free, fair, credible and transparent primary election from where the party’s flag bearer for the 2018 governorship race will emerge.
The immediate past Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, spoke in Ado-Ekiti at the commissioning of the campaign office of a fellow aspirant, Ambassador Dare Bejide.
Ajayi said: “All PDP aspirants we are all working together; that is the reason why all of us should work together and I want to assure you that all aspirants in PDP minus the one that was adopted.
“All other aspirants, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Senator Biodun Olujimi, Ambassador Dare Bejide, Bisi Omoyeni and myself are all working together to ensure that there is no imposition of any candidate in PDP in this state.
“To demonstrate the love among us, that is why I am here today to witness the commissioning of my friend’s campaign office and I believe that when I am going to do my own, I will also invite all of you to be there and you will equally be there.
“Because when one of us becomes the governor under a peaceful, free and fair atmosphere, there will be no problem for our party members and there will no crisis in our state and it will not be possible for APC to defeat us.
“Impunity, imposition of candidates, lawlessness and recklessness by those who suppose to know the rules in our party must stop. These were responsible for the loss of our party in the 2015 general elections.
“Some of our leaders because of the power they wielded
imposed their will on the people during the 2015 general elections and the party paid dearly for it.
“We don’t want our state to be taken over by APC; we don’t want impunity, imposition and lawlessness in our party again and that is why we are demanding a free and fair primary.
“We will ensure that there is no imposition in PDP, that is why we the aspirants, except the one purportedly adopted, are one and united and that is why I am here in solidarity with Bejide.”
Ajayi urged the PDP national leadership to intervene in Ekiti and other state chapters so that the so that the party will not lose more leaders and members to other parties.
He explained that the PDP is yet to recover from the 2015 loss in many states of the federation where party members defected to APC to win governorship and legislative seats.
“Some of our leaders because of the power they wielded imposed their will on the people during the 2015 general elections and the party paid dearly for it,” he said.