A senatorial aspirant under the APC in Ekiti State, Dr. Olusegun Osinkolu, has advised the National Chairman of the Party, Com. Adams Oshomhole to agree with the agitations by members over the primaries across the country.
Osinkolu said Oshiomhole must embark on a fence-mending move to be able to pacify those that were not satisfied with the outcome of the primaries.
The APC Chieftain said he quite agrees with the widespread impression that most of the APC governors were acting like emperors in their states, saying such didn’t connote that primaries in many states were free, fair and bereft of electoral malfeasance.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, Osinkolu expressed deep worries over how those entrusted with the conduct of the primaries had allegedly rigged the exercise.
Osinkolu said what transpired in Ekiti North senatorial district where Senator Olubunmi Adetumbi was declared the winner of the primaries when no election was held in the five councils that make up the district was enough proof.
He said, “Virtually all the aspirants from Ekiti North were aggrieved because of the primaries and we all expressed our disapproval about it. Myself, Hon. Bimbo Daramola, Mr. Kayode Otitoju and Mr. Akinlayo Kolawole openly made our grievances known to the party but no action was taken.
“Though we have put that behind us as loyal party men and we are ready to support Governor Kayode Fayemi in ensuring that Senator Adetumbi and all other candidates of the party win in the 2019 elections.
“But we have to look back and correct the mistakes because no one would be happy seeing his rights being trampled upon by other party men. We must block those things that will create unnecessary cleavages in our party if truly we believe that we are one.
“I want to agree that Com. Oshiomhole should be commended for trying to entrench the doctrine of party supremacy in our party, this remains the best way to bring equality and wipe out class differences among members.
“But in doing this, the party’s top hierarchy must exhibit respect for all members; there must be mutual respect, if not, members will continue to disrespect the leaders”.
Osinkolu further appealed to Oshiomhole to find ways of appeasing the angry chieftains rather than resorting to verbal exchanges that can tear the party apart.