The Leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Southwest geo-political zone has revealed that the party leadership in the southwest are currently working on strategy to win next year’s governorship election in Ekiti state.
As they declared that the presidential ticket of the APC for the 2019 general elections is open to any aspirant who wish to contest as President Buhari is yet to declare interest on second term.
Their position was made known at the end of a meeting of APC southwest leaders hosted by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, which was held at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office.
While maintaining that all the APC governors and Ministers have in the region have performed satisfactorily well, Akande revealed that “we are looking at what we can do as a political party to have Ekiti state back in our fold. “
Addressing newsmen after the meeting, Akande said President Buhari has not informed the APC leaders in the region that he would contest in 2019.
“The President has not told us anything. Anybody in our party is free to become the president of Nigeria. As soon as people show interest, we are going to put in place a process of selection. “
Akande maintained further that the party’s presidential ticket will be made open to any interested party member, adding that if President Buhari emerges at the end of the day, he will be supported.
Akande said the leaders are for the development and growth of the people and economy. We’re for the service of our people “the former national interim chairman stressed.
Speaking earlier, the host governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi,said the meeting was to reflect on the journey so far, given that the party is inching closer to three years in saddle at the federal level.
Ajimobi stressed that it was important to engage the people and work towards bringing back the lost glory of the region.
According to him, “Our meeting presents a veritable ground for us to reconnect with our political root and keep re-engaging ourselves as people whom nature has entrusted with the political leadership of the region at this material time.
“Similarly it is a reconnect to the ideals that are germane to the progress of our people and, by extension, to the growth and development of Nigeria.
“like a flash in a pan, two years have rolled by since our party, the All Progressives Congress, took over power at the federal level, riding on the mantra of change, and we are gradually moving towards the third anniversary of that historical feat. It is only natural for us, particularly in the South-West Region, to take time off to reflect on the journey so far and compare what we promised to deliver to our people in the country in general and the South-West Region in particular, with what we have indeed been able to deliver.
“It is imperative for us, as we approach the third year of our tenure at the federal and State levels, to engage in some introspection to identify what could have been done differently, and if necessary, go back to the drawing board to proffer agreeable methods on the way forward, with our people as the ultimate beneficiaries.
Let me state here that as leaders, it is incumbent on us to brainstorm and forge a unity of purpose which will be beneficial to the people who have put us into these leadership positions. Our past leaders, wherever they found themselves, used to exhibit such attributes as vision, determination, selflessness, courage, steadfastness and passion for the emancipation of their people.
“We must, therefore, renew our resolve to re-enact these qualities in order to bring back the lost glory of our region and reposition it for our people in order that they may enjoy the full benefits of entrusting our party with their destinies.
“Although this is supposed to be a family meeting, it must nevertheless be frank and blunt. Otherwise, if we depart here only laughing and patting ourselves on the back, we may have ended up deceiving ourselves and to that extent, we may simply have gathered here in vain and further dim the hope our people.
“if the truth must be told, we in the South-West today need to rediscover ourselves and the common bond that ties us together as a people, and let it work for the development of our people in the region.
“We must be ready and prepared to sacrifice our self interests and ambitions for the common goals and speak with one voice at all times as we confront the developmental challenges facing the South-West region and our people. It will definitely not be in our overall best interest to work at cross purposes” Ajimobi concluded.
Leaders at the meeting included Governors Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo States. Not left out were former Governors Segun Osobo, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Adeniyi Adebayo, Kayode Fayemi and Adebayo Alao -Akala.
Others were the Minister of State for Niger/Delta,Claugius Daramola; Minister of Communications,Barrister Adebayo Shittu;the Majority Leader,Femi Gbajabiamila and Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yusuf.