Ekiti guber poll: Why Tinubu is important for Fayemi’s victory – Ex-opponent


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A former APC governorship aspirant in Ekiti state, Muyiwa Olumilua, has highlighting the importance of National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for the eventual success of the party’s candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in the July 2018 gubernatorial election in the state.

Olumilua, the son of former Governor of Old Ondo State, , Bamidele Olumilua, made this known in an interview with The Sun published on Tuesday.

Olumilua contested against Fayemi for the governorship ticket of the party and lost, but declared his support for his party’s choice.

However, he urged the party’s candidate to harness the importance of Tinubu to his electoral victory.

Asked of the importance of Tinubu to defeat the PDP, Olumilua said, “Very important! Tinubu is the indisputable National leader of APC. He is the father of all and he had displayed father figure on several occasions. He was at our post primary election meeting in Abuja alongside President Buhari. I had the opportunity of sitting close to Fayemi during the primary election, and while the votes were being counted, Tinubu called Fayemi and congratulated him as the winner of the election. It is an indication that he is in support of Fayemi as the candidate of APC. It would have been unwise if otherwise is the case.”

Olumilua added that the reason behind Fayemi’s 2014 loss to Ayo Fayose would never be allowed to repeat itself.

He added, “Fayemi, in 2014, lost connection with the people and that gave huge advantage to Fayose, and we saw the result. However, we will teach him how to play grassroots politics because our people appreciate anyone that connects with them, emotionally and otherwise. This time, we will reach out to the people and do whatever they want. If it means eating corn on the streets with the people, frying garri with them, dancing with them then we will do all that. The good news is that Fayemi has learnt to be more connected to the grassroots than he was in 2014. In addition to that, all party members have a collective responsibility to win the election. We will merge resources into one great force and invade every nook and cranny of Ekiti and make sure that the gospel of Fayemi is preached.”

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