By Peter anosike
All Progressives Congress (APC), would win the governorship election in Ekiti State next year. Ojora, a leader of the Mandate Group in Lagos State, argued that what happened in Ondo State governorship election would repeat itself in Ekiti.
How do you see Ekiti governorship election in 2018?
The opinion poll we conducted in Ekiti State showed clearly that APC would win the governorship election in the state next year. APC is the only serious party in the country at the moment. The other parties have gone with the winds and before they would get their acts together to compete, the election would be over.
But Governor Ayo Fayose is very popular among the people
I want to tell you that right now, there is a growing disenchantment among Ekiti people. They are not satisfied with what they are getting from the Fayose administration. They want some more. They want development, not just food. The governor himself knows his popularity is dwindling so that is why he is resorting to controversies to remain popular. Again, he is not going to be in the ballot in the election and Ekiti people don’t tolerate godfathers, they are too advanced for that.
Do you feel that APC can get a candidate that can beat Fayose’s candidate?
There are quality people in APC in Ekiti State. One of them is Victor Kolade, A lawyer and notable philanthropist. He is from Efon Local Government Area in Ekiti Central. This is a bridge builder, a man who strongly believes that political power is a mandate from God to be used for the service of mankind.
A man who believes that the greatest achievement that one can make on earth is the service he renders to his fellow men. Another thing that he has going for him is that he is coming from outside. By this I mean that he has not been tainted with the bad blood of the politics. He would have less enemies across board and would be a kind of fresh air if given the mandate.
How do you see the treatment being meted to Tinubu by the APC leadership in Abuja?
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu cannot be dislodged in APC. Nobody can try that because he is the soul of the party and nothing can survive without a soul. That is why we in the Mandate Group resolved that we would swim or sink with him. We have no other leader in South-West other than him.
There is nobody in the South-West APC that can sincerely tell a story of his life in politics without giving Tinubu a very good mention. Whoever feels that he can do without Tinubu is wasting time because he is the source.
Are you worried about the declining popularity of APC nationwide?
To be honest with you I am. It is not just me. The President is worried so are the leaders of the party. We do feel the pulse of the masses and it is giving us concern. It is true that a lot of people who voted for our party at the national level with high hopes are now somewhat disappointed. But the reality is that the world economy is in comatose. There is uncertainty everywhere in the world.
President Muhammadu Buhari came on board at a very wrong time.
That is when everything has collapsed and he is trying his best to put things back to shape.
We must also know that change does not happen overnight. It normally takes time and process. Right now, we are still in the process of building a lasting change in the way of doing things in Nigeria.
How do you the chances of APC in 2019?
The chances of the party would still be bright because Nigerians are not fools. They understand the condition under which the party came on board and they know that the current lull in the economy is not entirely our own fault.
The price of oil was at rock bottom when the party came on board and we are running a mono economy.
There is not much that the party could do other than to begin to pick our bits and pieces together.
That is what we have been doing since and very soon we would kick off. Buhari meant well and he is doing very well. He is determined to leave a positive legacy for Nigerians with regard to good governance.