By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
Former Minister of Works and National Chairman, South West Agenda for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (SWAGA), Senator Dayo Adeyeye, has declared that Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress must adopt direct primary to elect the party’s governorship candidate for the 2022 poll in Ekiti State.
Adeyeye stated this in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on Tuesday, while declaring his intention to contest the governorship election on the platform of the ruling APC to a mammoth crowd of supporters.
The former minister said it would be a fatal mistake for APC to allow an unpopular individual to be imposed on the party during the January 27 primary.
He posited that the best way to democratise the party’s primary and make the outcome acceptable in Ekiti State is by adopting direct primary.
“APC must win this election, they must pick someone that is popular. You can see for yourselves that people are with us. In 2018, we told some arrogant people that they won’t have their way through imposition and it happened. It is obvious that only a popular candidate can win for APC in this election.
“The national leaders of our great party must return this party to the people. Let the national leaders adopt direct primary to elect the candidate for the Ekiti poll if truly we want to get a popular candidate. Let us return power to the people, with popular participation, people themselves would decide the candidate in the interest of justice, equity and fair play. All the aspirants must go for direct primary.
“I still believe that if the process is credible and a popular candidate is elected, we will all support the person. But if you go to your closet to bring out a candidate, that would not work. Primaries should be democratic.
“What is difficult in conducting direct primary if truly you are open and popular? The party must go on the side of the people,” he said.
Adeyeye also submitted that the Ekiti State chapter of the APC and the people of the state in general would back the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s presidential ambition, describing him as the best man to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
He explained that Tinubu’s presidential ambition would bring goodness to Ekiti, especially if Ekiti people also elect him to govern the state after clinching the APC’s ticket.
“Our prayer is that Asiwaju Tinubu will be President and that you will make me the governor of Ekiti State. If this should happen, Ekiti will be better for it. With Tinubu and Adeyeye, it is more goodness for Ekiti.
“Your time has come. We know our governor has not been fraternising with you. He has not been making himself accessible, but if you elect me, I will dine and wine with you. With me as your governor, no room for poverty in Ekiti again, we will work hard to end it.
“Go and make up your mind and vote for me during the primary, you will not regret it,” the former minister added.
Speaking, a former House of Representatives member, Oyetunde Ojo, described Adeyeye as the best man that can secure victory for APC in the governorship election.
He ppealed to delegates to resist attempts by moneybags to buy their conscience during the primary.