A socio-political group, Ado-Ekiti Frontiers, has called on the unity of all stakeholders ahead of the June 18 governorship elections.
The group made the call on Tuesday in an open letter, ‘A letter to leaders of APC in Ekiti: Enough is Enough’, signed by its coordinator, Sikiru Salami.
The letter was addressed to Governor Kayode Fayemi, Deputy Governor Bisi Egbeyemi, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Funminiyi Afuye and Ekiti APC chairman, Paul Omotoso.
The group said progressives were tired of the usual “one-term-in, one-term-out’’ for APC governors in Ekiti since Nigeria returned to democracy.
“We, members of Ado-Ekiti Frontiers, admonish our leaders to step up campaigns to secure victory for our party at the June 18 governorship election. We, progressive politicians, are tired of the ‘one-term-in, one-term-out’ which has characterised our system since 1999,” said the group, urging Mr Fayemi to break “this vicious cycle.”
It asked the APC hierarchy to pay more attention to Ado-Ekiti as a stronghold in determining which party wins in the June 18 gubernatorial election.
The group noted that in 2003, former Governor Ayo Fayose used the Ado-Ekiti advantage to dislodge then-Governor Adeniyi Adebayo and used the same strategy to dislodge Governor Fayemi in 2014.
“Another election is around the corner, and the APC should put everything in place to guarantee victory for the party and its candidate, Mr Biodun Oyebanji,’’ the group stressed.
“It has become part of our experience that votes in Ado-Ekiti always determine the winning party in Ekiti since 1999,” added the group. “There is, therefore, the need to improve the popularity of our party in Ado-Ekiti, since most of the opinion leaders reside in the capital city.”