Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to the President on Politics, withdrew from the rescheduled Ekiti State governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, citing the “embarrassing” violence that accompanied the botched primary, the conspiracy of the party chairman to favour a certain candidate and his unwillingness to step on blood to get to power.
It was about safeguarding the future of our children, our grandchildren, great grandchildren and even generations yet unborn.
There is no doubt that we all love this land, that everyone of you had best hopes and aspiration for this beautiful state we call ours and that above all, this state should wear a new look, be adorned with a new reputation and have a new image of itself.
We also appreciate our southwest leaders for their intervention in the crisis. We thank them for their sage counsel. I want to especially thank Baba Bisi Akande and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for trying to help untangle the web that the Ekiti governorship primary election has become.
This is why the fight will continue, not as an aspirant but as a party reformer. As a leader and party chieftain, I will inspire a new generation of leaders – of young professionals, businessmen and technocrats to re-enter our politics and change this state.
Only then can we have men and women of honour who will take Ekiti out of the wilderness and restore her to her pride of place. At the national level, I will continue to support Mr. President in ensuring party reforms. I will work hard to ensure that never again is our party thrown to desperate men who feed on monetary inducements and undermine their own party.
The future is bright, our sights are certain and our gaze is steadfast on the future. We won’t relent because the struggle continues.
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