Perekeme Kpodoh, a former Security Adviser to the Bayelsa State Government, has claimed that the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in last Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti state, cannot be repeated in Bayelsa in 2020.
Although Kpodoh commended Kayode Fayemi, the APC, its National Chairman Adams Oshiomole and President Muhammad Buhari for the victory, he insisted that the Bayelsa State APC lacked the desired governorship candidate, internal party rules and support to upstage the PDP in the state.
He said: “First, let me congratulate Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, and President Muhammadu Buhari.
“They have done well by liberating the people of Ekiti from poverty and comedian governance of Governor Fayose. Not every governorship candidate can be supported in victory. The Bayelsa APC candidate is one of them.
“Unlike the APC candidate in Bayelsa, Dr. Fayemi, during his first tenure as an ACN man, was respectful to President Buhari despite the difference in party affiliation. But the Bayelsa case was disrespectful and stoned the President during his campaign as CPC Presidential Candidate.
“Instead of ensuring a balanced governorship primary in Bayelsa, they hijacked the process and kidnapped the electoral committee Chairman, who is now National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole”.
Kpodoh added that the APC will only win election in the state, when reconciliation of members of the party was done and a clean process of primaries allowed.
“The APC is not a one-party business to anyone. If the same candidate is put forward by the party in 2020, 80 per cent of the party faithful will lose confidence and abandon the party. APC will win if the right and acceptable candidate emerges,” he stated.