The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it is taking the forthcoming Ekiti State governorship election with the same seriousness it is taking the 2019 Presidential election and will do everything possible to win the state.
Sen. Shuaibu Lawal, Deputy National Chairman (North) of the party, stated this on Thursday in Abuja, while inaugurating a 77-member National Campaign Council for the Ekiti state governorship poll slated for July 14.
Lawal, who stood in for the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, described the Ekiti election as: “a must win”, but however, urged members of the council not to engage in hate speeches during the campaigns.
The governor of Kebbi, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, will serve as the chairman of the council, a total of 14 serving governors, serving senators, one Minister from each of the six geopolitical zones and other important personalities would serve as its members.
The governors include: those of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Kwara, Zamfara, Edo, Kogi, Jigawa, Plateau, Borno and Adamawa states.
Former governor of Ekiti state, Segun Oni, Ministers of Defence, Interior, Power, Works and Housing, Transportation and Health and Ministers of State for Solid Minerals and Petroleum Ministry are also members of the council.
“The number and quality of persons in the campaign council underscores the importance we attach on the election, in the exercise of your party’s authority in Ekiti state, you have to be civic.
“We must try as much as possible to avoid the use of hate speeches during our campaigns, should any other party adopt that.
“Our major concern will be to capture the state and end the four year comedy in Ekiti state, the election is very important to the APC, in fact, it is to us like the Presidential election,” Lawal said.
He added that the APC would not relent on its effort to win the state, saying that the council had the responsibility to ensure its victory at the election.