The All Progressives Congress (APC) inaugurated a 77-member National Campaign Council to ensure victory for the party’s governorship candidate, Kayode Fayemi, at the July 14 Ekiti Governorship Election.
The committee inaugurated by the APC deputy national chairman (North), Lawali Shuaibu, on behalf of the national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, is headed by the governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu.
The campaign council consists of fourteen serving governors, ministers, some members of the Party’s National Working Committee (NWC), national assembly members and senior party leaders.
Speaking during the inauguration, Mr Shuaibu, while stressing the importance of the Ekiti governorship election to the party, urged the campaign council to shun hate speech in its campaign message to the people of Ekiti.
“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.
“The election in Ekiti is very important for the APC. In fact, we feel the level of importance of the election is slightly below the importance of the presidential election to us. We are not going to relent in our effort to win Ekiti State. The responsibility now rests on your shoulders.”
The national organising secretary, Osita Izunaso, who was also present at the inauguration, expressed the party’s resolve to win the Ekiti governorship election.
“The election should be a must win for our party. We won that election before, it was taken away fraudulently. This time around, we want to win it again and retain it.”
The chairman of the party’s national campaign council, Abubakar Bagudu, represented by the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, at the inauguration, called for unity among the campaign council and all stakeholders to ensure victory, come July.
“We take this task as very important. Just as we all have stressed it. This will not be the first time the party is expressing and underscoring the importance of this election. When South-West Party leaders met with the president recently, he underscored the importance of this election.
“We have faced enough of affront as a party. Challenge has been thrown to us not only by the PDP, but by Governor 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.
“This will be a second battle. Somebody I read on Facebook said something about Ekiti and I said by the Grace of God, it will happen that way. I tell you what he said, ‘Akeredolu contested against Mimiko, he lost. He contested thereafter against Mimiko’s candidate, he won. So if Fayemi contested against Fayose and lost, he is now contesting against Fayose’s candidate. He will win.”
Below is the full list of the campaign council members
FULL LIST OF EKITI STATE CAMPAIGN COUNCIL
- Abubakar Bagudu – Governor Kebbi (Chairman)
- Akinwunmi Ambode – Governor Lagos
- Ibikunle Amosun – Governor Ogun
- Abiola Ajimobi – Governor Oyo
- Rauf Aregbesola – Governor Osun
- Arakunrin Akeredolu – Governor Ondo
- Abdulfatah Ahmed – Governor Kwara
- Abdulazeez Yari – Governor Zamfara
- Godwin Obaseki – Governor Edo
- Yahaya Bello – Governor Kogi
- Simon Lalong – Governor Plateau
- Kashim Shettima – Governor Borno
- Mohammed Umar Jibrilla -Governor Adamawa
- Mohammed Abubakar – Governor Jigawa
- Segun Oni
- Manir Dan-Ali – Minister Defence
- Abdulrahman Dambazau – Interior
- Bawa Abubakar – State, Solid Minerals
- Ibe Kachikwu – State, Petroleum
- Babatunde Fashola – Power, Works and Housing
- Rotimi Amaechi – Transport
- Chris Ngige – Labour
- Isaac Adewole – Health
- Sola Adeyeye
- Tayo Alasaodura
- Andy Uba
- Rafiu Ibrahim
- Aliyu Wammako
- Abu Ibrahim
- Ben Uwajumogu
- Olubunmi Adetunmbi
- Tony Adeniyi
- Bamidele Faparusi
- Yusuf Lasun
- Aliyu Magaji
- Stephen Olemija
- Mike Ogun
- Otunba Adebayo
- Yau Darazo
- Olurunnimbe Mamora
- Muiz Banire
- Faruk Adamu Aliyu
- Domingo Obende
- Ade Adetimehin
- Uche Ekwunife
- Ayo Afolabi
- Kemi Nelson
- Opeyemi Bamidele
- Mohammed Maihaja
- Omowunmi Edet
- Yemi Olowolabi
- Zacha Adelabu
- Sharon Ikeazor
- Hadiza Usman
- Edwin Ikhinmwin
- Hubert Shaiyen
- Adejoke Adefolire
- Abike Dabiri-Erewa
- Kemi Adeosun
- Monsurat Sumonnu
- Binta Masi
- Fati Balla
- Okey Onyejekwe
- Ray Morphy
- Jibir Maigari
- Jabo Zarami
- Shina Peller
- Osita Izunaso
- Bolaji Abdullahi
- Ramatu Aliyu
- Dasuki Ibrahim Jalo
- Pius Akinyelure
- Tajudeen Bello
- Awele Van Nwoko
- Yetunde Adeniji
- Toyin Edun
- Ali Wurge
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