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Ekiti 2022: Buhari’s Top Adviser Drops Governorship Ambition




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The Special Adviser on Political Matters to the President, Babafemi Ojudu, has dropped his Governorship ambition in the Ekiti State gubernatorial election.

Ojudu while giving the reason for dropping his ambition noted that the decision would give him the opportunity to mediate and resolve the issues in the All Progressives Congress in the state before the June 18, 2022 election.

He further stated that the division among members of the party could deprive the APC of victory in the 2022 governorship election.

Ojudu disclosed this while discussing with selected members of the party and kinsmen who paid him a visit at his residence in the state capital.

He said, “What we are seeing today in Ekiti APC portrays a very bad omen for our party, but we will salvage the situation so that we can rescue whatever that remains for the benefit of all of us.

“I am particularly happy for your love. I am not contesting and despite this, you still stand with me. This shows that we have become one family. I have decided not to contest this election so that I can assume a leadership position mediating among aspirants.

“There are divisions everywhere. I even learnt a big fight broke out at the governor’s residence yesterday(Sunday) and people were throwing water sachet and shouting ‘ole, ‘ole. No one appears to be in charge of the party.

“My own worries about APC is that I don’t want the party to be divided and lose the coming election in Ekiti. Someone like me should be able to unite our members after the primary so that the APC can retain this state.

“I don’t want to be part of the problems, but a part of the solution. The party should be able to look up to people like us in times of crisis like this. Let me be sincere with you, my preoccupation now is not how to be governor, but rescuing APC from losing Ekiti is my concern.

“I was the one leading the battle for Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency in Ekiti in 2015 and we struggled to get Mr President 25 per cent as required by law. So, the issue of unity and how our party should be together is the main target.

“I am not going to support anyone so that the party won’t have more problems.

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“We don’t have a leader in Ekiti APC and this is really affecting us. The governor, who ought to play that role is partisan. Let me use my neutrality to be able to effect some changes.”