Ahead of the primary election to pick a candidate to fly the banner of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State at the governorship election on July 14 2018, Ekiti indigenes in USA, under the aegis of Ekiti Rebirth Organization (ERO USA) have forwarded a letter of appeal to APC, Ekiti State, to pick Senator Babafemi Ojudu (SBO) as the party’s flagbearer.
The five-page letter dated March 5, 2018, addressed to the Chairman of APC, Ekiti State, Chief Olajide Awe and copied APC Chieftains, delegates at the primary election and APC leaders in the State was signed by Messes Joe Tolu Olugbamila (Leader, ERO USA) from Ikoro Ward in Ijero Local Government, Ekiti State, Kayode Omoboya (Coordinator, ERO USA) from Ward 4 in Ikole Local Government, Ekiti State, and thirty-six members of ERO USA from various Wards and Local Governments in Ekiti State.
APC Chieftains copied are: President Mohammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Chief Odigie John Oyegun, APC National Chairman; Chief Bisi Akande, former APC National Chairman; Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, APC Leader; Otunba Niyi Adebayo, first Executive Governor of Ekiti State/APC Leader, Ekiti State; Ekiti State APC State Executives, Ekiti State APC Local Government Executives, Ekiti State APC Ward Executives, All APC delegates in Ekiti State and Ekiti State APC Leaders
According to the letter titled: “Reclaiming Ekiti State in the Next Gubernatorial Election: A Pressing All Progressives Congress (APC) Agenda,” ERO USA argued that SBO is the only aspirant who can face the incumbent governor of the State and defeat any candidate fielded by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming governorship election in Ekiti State.
“You will recall that SBO defeated the incumbent governor with all his bravado in 2011 when he contested the Ekiti Central Senatorial seat with SBO on the platform of Labour Party (LP). SBO has done it before, so, there is no doubt that he can do it again.” The letter added.
ERO USA further stated in the letter that the background of SBO as a veteran journalist, human rights activist and political activist puts him in a better position to lead APC to victory in Ekiti State in the next governorship election.
“We are all aware of his role in the struggle for democracy in our country and how he was imprisoned without trial many times by the military because of the democracy we all enjoy today….we need a fearless and dogged fighter like him at a time like this to rescue our party and Ekiti State from the reign of terror foisted on us by the PDP-led government in Ekiti State.” The letter added.
APC was urged in the letter to ensure a free and fair primary that will create a level playing ground for every aspirant. The party was also asked to investigate the rumor making rounds that a candidate has been anointed for the coming governorship primary of the party in the State.
“We want you to thwart such plan which we believe will lead to another defeat of our party in the State. The PDP in the State is aware of this plan, and it is anxiously waiting for it to happen so that it can begin to celebrate victory before the election. You must ensure that delegates of our party vote for a candidate that can lead us to victory at polls and not the highest bidder or the anointed one.” ERO USA admonished APC in the letter.
ERO USA is the North American arm of Ekiti Rebirth Organization