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Oyebanji calls for integration of all APC members, begins ‘thank you’ tour



Oyebanji calls for integration of all APC members, begins ‘thank you’ tour

From Francis Adekunle, Ado-Ekiti

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Ekiti governorship candidate in the June 18 election, Mr Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji, has called on his supporters across the State to close ranks with supporters of other aspirants in the January 27 primary election and members of other parties willing to join APC ahead the election.

Speaking during a ‘thank you visit’ to Ikole, Oye, Ilejemeje, Moba and Ido-Osi Local Governments areas, Oyebanji, who emphasised that campaign for the election had not started according to INEC guideline, said the visit was to appreciate all members of the party for their support during the just concluded primary election.

“I am here today, first to fulfil the promise I made during the build up to the primary that I would come and show appreciation. Secondly, this visit is a follow up to the reconciliation parley we had with other aspirants who partook in the exercise.

“Yes, we have reached out to my brothers and friends who contested the election with me and they have agreed to support us as loyal party members to win the election. But perhaps there are some of their followers who are yet to be pacified, we want to use this opportunity to appeal to their friends in our midst to talk to such people and incorporate them fully into the system.

Oyebanji calls for integration of all APC members, begins ‘thank you’ tour

“I have said at different fora, that those who contested with me are loyal members of our party, who have only expressed their constitutional rights. We are all one and their followers are our party members as well. We must not discriminate as we need everybody to win on June 18,”

Raheem Akingbolu, Media Assistant to Oyebanji, in a statement yesterday emphasised the need for members of the party to go back to the wards and work with the party leadership.

Earlier, the leader of the team and Chairman, Ekiti State Local Government Service Commission, Chief Alaba Bejide, commended the party members for their support during the primary election and urged them to make sure they get their PVC before June 18 in order to be able to vote for Oyebanji.

“The primary election was just a phase, the coming campaign is another phase, but the biggest assignment before us is the June 18 election. It is through the election we would be able to use our votes to elect Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji as Governor of Ekiti State.

“This can only be done if we have PVC which is our license to vote. Our findings have revealed that many of us are yet to get our PVC, especially those who were not up to age 18 during the 2018 election.”

Also speaking, a former Chairman of the Party in the state, High Chief Jide Awe, who corroborated Oyebanji’s position urged those willing to work for Oyebanji’s victory to go back to their wards and mobilise members to get PVC as well as participate in the electioneering. He said all hands must be on deck for the success of the party at the governorship poll.

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