Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has urged members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to be distracted about the postponement of the election, but remain steadfastness in their belief and confidence in the party.
Egbeyemi, also expressed confidence that the postponement of the general elections by one week will not stop the APC from winning the polls.
The deputy governor made the ascertion at the weekend in Ado-Ekiti, while reacting to the postponement of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He stated that victory is sure for President Muhammadu Buhari and other APC candidates in the general elections.
The deputy governor assured that the APC was poised for victory on the new dates announced by the electoral umpire noting that the poll shift only delayed celebration of victory by its members.
Egbeyemi explained that the APC, as a law- abiding party, had campaigned vigorously across the length and breadth of Ekiti and Nigeria and was confident of achieving victory at the polls before the shift was announced.
While noting that although the postponement of the elections was painful, Egbeyemi described it as a price to be paid for a long-awaited victory by the APC which he described as a party to beat at the polls.
He said party members in Ekiti State had sold the candidacy of President Buhari and other APC candidates to the electorate whom he said are waiting to speak with their votes.
Describing the poll shift as ‘blessing in disguise,’ Egbeyemi recalled that similar postponement in the 2011 and 2015 general elections resulted in overwhelming victories for the party.
Egbeyemi said: “I want to appeal to our teeming party members not to be discouraged by the sudden postponement of the elections by INEC.
“APC members should see the postponement as an opportunity to plan better, strategize better and work harder to ensure victory for our party on February 23 and March 9 just announced by INEC.
“I believe that our party, the APC, will coast home to victory on the new dates for the elections; the postponement will not stop our victory, it only delays it by a week.”