From Abiola Alo, Ado-Ekiti
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Mr Babafemi Ojudu , on Sunday, said there were no factions in the Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC).
He also declared that the party will only commit its governorship ticket in the hand of those he described as progressives ahead of the next year’s election in the state.
Speaking yesterday in Ado Ekiti, while interacting with journalists on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, Ojudu said the insinuations of the division within the party was borne out of ego and some ephemeral things which are being taken care of.
“ There are no factions in Ekiti APC, but caucuses which is allowed in a developed democracy, but when it is not well managed , it can degenerate into factions. Having factions in our party will not augur well for its enrichment.
“All the caucuses are coming together to chart a way forward for the party and win the 2018 polls. We are going to come up with one united front to battle with our opponents in the election”
Ojudu said the free school feeding programme of the Federal Government and other laudable agricultural schemes like rice production and land clearing scheme of the Buhari-led government had benefited even opposition states like Anambra and Ebonyi.
“Let me state here that those who believe in the progressive ideas will get APC’s ticket. Like me now, I have nowhere to go. Even if I die and they put the flag of PDP on my coffin, I will wake up and slap the person. So, we won’t give our ticket to those that will win and later defect to other party”, he stated.
“The Federal Government is investing money in Agriculture, School Feeding Programme, Rice Production and Processing and Cocoa Farm Renewal Scheme, even States like Anambra and Ebonyi, who are opposition are benefitting immensely from these schemes.
“The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is investing huge amount of money in agricultural schemes. States like Kebbi, Jigawa and Sokoto have keyed into rice production.
Kebbi is producing three million tonnes of rice out of the ten tonnes needed in Nigeria.
“We must reclaim Ekiti. Ekiti has great Icons. Afe Babalola (SAN), Femi Falana, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) are some of our Icons.”
On his rumoured governorship ambition, Ojudu said he has started consulting with traditional rulers, opinion moulders and politicians and that he would declare at the appropriate time if he decides to run.