Bagudu leads 77-member Ekiti gov’ship campaign team


The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, inaugurated a 77-member National Campaign Council for the party’s governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, for the July 14 Ekiti State governorship election.

The campaign council, headed by Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, was inaugurated by the APC Deputy National Chairman, North, Sen. Lawal Shuaibu on behalf of the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

The campaign team consists of 14 serving governors, ministers, some members of the party’s National Working Committee, National Assembly members and senior party leaders.

Sen. Shuaibu, who spoke during the inauguration, expressed the preparedness of the APC to reclaim the state.

He said: “In the discharge of your assignment, please avoid hate speech. Let us ensure that we don’t use hate speech during our campaigns. If other parties do that, our concern should be to capture the hearts of the Ekiti people in going out to bring to an end the four-year comedy that has been going on there,” he said.

The chairman of the campaign council and Governor of Kebbi State, Bagudu, who was represented by Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, at the inauguration, called for unity among all the stakeholders to ensure victory.

“We have faced enough of affront as a party. Challenge has been thrown to us not only by the PDP, but by Governor Ayo Fayose. So, we must be united to confront that challenge. We will give our all to ensure that we win Ekiti State for the APC,” he said.


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