Former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka, has called on members of the People’s Democratic Party PDP to brace up for the forthcoming general elections saying the party has a bright chance of winning the governorship election with collective endeavour and unity of purpose.
Eleka, who contested in the last PDP governorship primary election in the state, said in any contest, a winner must emerge, adding that the party’s structure and acceptability will make it secure victory.
“What is expected from others is the spirit of sportsmanship and determination to put the interest of the party first before all else.
Despite some setbacks the party faced after the primary, we are confident that PDP will win the June 18 governorship election, given the grassroots structure and acceptability of the party in Ekiti,” He stated.
Speaking with PDP delegates in his home town, Ikere, Eleka charged them to return to the grassroots and commence aggressive mobilization for the party, with the mindset of winning election.
In His words: “Ikere is predominantly PDP town with second largest voting strength in Ekiti. Despite intimidations from the ruling party in 2018, Ikere gave PDP the winning votes which has consistently been the pattern in the history of gubernatorial elections in Ekiti state.
“We have seen other political parties and their programmes, it is not lost on me to say PDP has wider support base with credible evidence of developmental plans that will surpass the current All Progressive Congress, APC.
PDP is no doubt a strong and formidable party and has the greatest prospect of winning the forthcoming general election.”
The University Don said elections are in phases and there are many hurdles to cross, ranging from the primary election, post primary election, reconciliation, general election, and other subsequent elections.
“What should be our major priority now is how to mobilize the electorates, who are already tired of the present government for election.
It is beyond zoning positions to Ikere with the interest to garner votes; how the present government faired in delivery of dividends of democracy and governance should be examined.
“We have witnessed incessant insecurity across the state and in Nigeria, inflation of commodities in the market, sacking of University staff, and inadequate infrastructure, to mention but a few.
“We owe ourselves the responsibility to be part of the electoral process that will bring about genuine change by voting for Otunba Bisi Kolawole in the coming election.
As the Director General of my campaign in 2018, he was passionate about the welfare and sustainable policies that can alleviate poverty in the state,” Eleka added.
Declaring his interest to contest for the seat of South Senatorial District in the Senate, Eleka said his campaign will be based on issues and proper representation of his constituency at the Red Chamber.
He said: “Let me reiterate my interest to contest for the position of a Senator before you.
When the time is ripe, we shall constitute our committee which will cut across the six Local Governments in the South for plausible engagements with our people and for appropriate interface with our constituents.”
He, however, appreciated the people of Ikere and the delegates for their commitment to the party and to him as a leader, saying PDP has a great prospect to win the coming governorship election and other elections.