APC’ll Reclaim Power From PDP In Ekiti Come 2018 – Ex-Assembly Speaker

APCA former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Femi Bamisile, has expressed confidence in the party’s ability to bounce back in the state come 2018.
The APC was uprooted from Ekiti Government House in 2014 when then Governor Kayode Fayemi was defeated by Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Bamisile described the loss as a temporary setback.
Speaking at the weekend during a meeting he convened and attended by stakeholders from all the 16 local government areas of the state, the ex-Speaker, who defected to the APC about a year ago, disclosed his intention to contest the 2018 governorship election.
“I am very certain that APC will take over Ekiti in 2018. But we have to start the process of rebuilding the party and that is exactly what we are doing. I have developed a team across the 16 Council Areas. We are working underground and we will ensure that everybody is brought on board.
“Though, Fayemi’s loss brought a little setback, but if you go round you will realise that APC is still a party to beat in Ekiti. All we need to do is to reconcile all divided interests and sensitise our people”, he said.
Bamisile also enjoined members of the APC to embrace whoever is appointed Minister from Ekiti by President Muhammadu Buhari, as the party leader in the state.
He also appealed to them to work hard for the party by reaching out to “commercial drivers and motorcyclists, teachers, civil servants, artisans, market men and women and other critical stakeholders to make the dream of recapturing the State a reality”.
The ex-speaker also commended the president for the N2.1 billion released to Ekiti as part of bailout to states.
“President Buhari has given Ekiti a lifeline. He has rescued our people out of poverty and Fayose must pay our workers. He must not divert the money.
“The APC as an opposition party is monitoring the situation closely. Fayose will give account of how he spent the N2.1 billion. He will also explain to EFCC how he spent the N22 billion released by FG on Federal roads constructed by Fayemi, because his immunity will go very soon”, he said.
Bamisile assured that the leadership crisis rocking the National Assembly after the emergence of Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, as Senate President and Speaker respectively, would soon end.
“We will always fight because such is normal in politics. But while fighting, we must always display extreme loyalty to our party. That is what I believe in.
“The best way we can show this is by believing in any reconciliation efforts put in place in resolving crisis. I quite believe that we shall come out stronger”, he said.