A former member of the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele, and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has identified factors that could cost the party the coming governorship election in Ekiti state.
According to him, the internal crisis within the APC could affect the party’s chances in the governorship poll slated for July 14, this year.
In a statement on Tuesday, Bamidele said the desire of every member of the APC was for the party to reclaim power from the Peoples Democratic Party in the election.
The former lawmaker lamented that the current situation whereby aspirants were making unfavourable comments about one another could shatter such dream.
Bamidele, who is also a governorship aspirant, expressed disappointment over how some of his counterparts had been using the social media and the existing APC platforms to discredit one another.
He said, “I have heard some aspirants branding others as unmarketable. I have heard some describing some notable members and even a national officer as an outsider in the APC.
“All these sinister and deleterious political moves might impede our desire to take over Ekiti, except we begin to see ourselves as one and the time to do that is now.
“Those who still maintain a hard stance after being cautioned by the party’s top hierarchy should be sanctioned. The APC is a party guided by the constitution and it should not trivialise issues that could disunite members, particularly at a time that we are approaching a critical election like this.
“Ekiti and Osun governorship elections are strategic to our party. The polls will determine so many things in our party and it will help in sending a signal that the APC is still very strong, acceptable and remains a movement in the country’s political hemisphere.”