A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Honourable Bamidele Faparusi, has declared that any political party that jettisoned the current Ekiti South agitation is not ready to win the 2022 Governorship Election.
Faparusi, a serving Commissioner for Infrastructure and Public Utilities in Ekiti State, and a former member of the House of Representatives, described Ekiti South agitation as a not only popular but potent weapon to prosecute the all-important election slated for June 18, 2022, Gubernatorial poll by any “serious political party”.
Speaking to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on his readiness to renew his governorship ambition, Faparusi urged APC stakeholders to treat the Ekiti South agitation with all seriousness it deserves, in order to make the task of retaining power in Ekiti less cumbersome.
Faparusi, therefore, vowed that stakeholders from the Southern part of the state would resist any real or imagined moves by an individual or group to subjugate the voices of the people of Ekiti South and render them irrelevant or inconsequential in the Ekiti political equation.
The former parliamentarian said: “Two Senatorial zones have been exchanging the batons of leadership since 1999, this to us in Ekiti South is unjust, unfair and sinful.”
The APC stalwart maintained that it would be a costly mistake for the APC to pick its candidate outside of Ekiti South Senatorial District.
The ex-federal lawmaker also posited that all political indices and permutations were in favour of the south agitation since the district, according to him, had not produced a governor since the creation of Ekiti some 25 years ago and returned to Democratic rule in 1999.
He also dismissed rumour flying around that governor Kayode Fayemi had anointed one of his aides as the APC flagbearer.
“Governor Fayemi has not endorsed anyone. I only heard it like a rumour, just like it has been flying around and I regarded such as a gutter and dustbin politics. To me, those laying claim to that is playing gutter and dustbin politics. They are lightweight politicians like someone had earlier said.
“They want to carry the Governor’s favour and mislead our leaders, party that they have the support of the Governor. I am an insider in this government and one of the critical stakeholders. There was nowhere where it was discussed that a person should be endorsed and if the governor would do that, such person must be from the South,” Faparusi said.
Strengthening his position on zoning Faparusi said “My thought is not different from what Ekiti people are saying on the streets that there is a power imbalance in our state. The central had served for 11 years, while the North had served 11 years, leaving the South in the lurch.
“This issue is a matter of equity, fairness and justice. The political parties must ensure that they embrace zoning. The electorate and average voters on the streets said they prefer a candidate from the South in 2022, the noise was becoming deafening for those who care to listen.
“It is going to be in the best interest that the candidates from parties are picked from that zone. It would be a costly mistake if my party, APC, should do otherwise. I am still very confident that the stakeholders will look towards the South and get a viable candidate from that zone that can deliver for our party,” he said.
Faparusi, who described himself as a pro-Ekiti proponent, who is incurably averse to sectionalism, stated that his principal agenda is that every section of the state must have a sense of belonging in Ekiti governance.
“My agenda is that of Ekiti people. Another agenda is that the APC must win the coming election. We don’t want to pick our candidate by error. We can’t afford to lose because Governor Fayemi has done a lot of work in the last three years to put Ekiti back on track.
“The best thing for APC is to align with the public opinion so that we won’t be swimming against the tide. Ekiti APC is one, though you may have groups and interests and there are mechanisms through which the party can use to handle such,” he stated.