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Ekiti PDP aspirant canvass for consensus candidate

04 March 2014, 16:09

Abuja - Bodunde Adeyanju, PDP aspirant in the June 2014 governorship election in Ekiti, has appealed to the national the leadership of the party to ensure the unity of the Ekiti state chapter of the party.

He made the appeal on Monday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen shortly after picking the PDP nomination and expression of interest form to contest the election.

He urged the party’s leadership to heed the advice if they  wish to reclaim the state from the APC in the forthcoming gubernatorial poll slated for June 21.

"If you want go to the war with a fractionalised team, you will not win.

"The best thing for the PDP now that it wants to face the APC is to ensure unity in its Ekiti chapter," he said.

Adeyanju urged the party’s leadership to select a consensus candidate to contest the election to ensure the unity of members of the party in the state.

"A consensus candidate will ensure that the party and the various aspirants do not expend money unnecessarily on party primaries and other logistics," he said.

Adeyanju, an aide to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, said that picking a consensus candidate would also provide opportunity for all the aspirants to accumulate resources with which to slug it out with the ruling APC.

"Consensus arrangement guarantees the interest of all aspirants unlike primaries where the winner takes all.

Adeyanju said that if he wins the election, he would ensure accelerated economic development of the state by embarking on mechanised agriculture and industrialisation.

He criticised zoning of the governorship position to a particular area of the state.

Bola Oloyede from Ekiti central and Adewale Aribisala, who were also at the PDP secretariat to pick their nomination forms, also canvassed for consensus candidate for the election.

Oloyede expressed concern that some party delegates would be bought over by rich aspirants if the party’s flag bearers emerges from primaries.

"In primaries, the highest bidder wins and he may not be the candidate that is most qualified to be governor," she said.

She expressed hope that she would emerge as the governor if a level playing ground was given to all the aspirants.

-  NAN

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