Ondo 2020: Repeat of Edo mistakes will spell doom for APC – Party chieftain, Adebomi warns

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By Demola Atobaba

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Captain Sunday Adebomi has urged party leaders to close ranks and not to repeat the mistakes which denied APC victory in the just concluded governorship election in Edo State.

Adebomi, a former governorship aspirant also admonished party leaders to stop blaming one another over the unfortunate incident but come together as a united family to prosecute the all important Ondo poll.

The ex-United State of America Army Chief expressed these views while reviewing the Edo State governorship poll in a chat with journalists in his home town, Ise Ekiti on weekend.

Rather than trading blames over APC’s defeat, Adebomi urged party leaders to draw lessons from the fall of party and make necessary corrections.

He likened the defeat suffer by APC to what happened to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Lagos State where its leaders failed to agree amongst themselves and lost to the rival National Republican Convention (NRC).

According to him, “From what transpired in Edo State, it is clear to everyone that candidate plays important role in the success of any party. In my on analysis, candidate covers about 40 to 50 percent while the party and its stakeholders provide the additional support for the success. Again, godfathers should play advisory roles and not imposing candidates on the party.”

“What APC experienced in Edo State recently was a repeat of the scenario which gave victory to Sir Michael Otedola of the NRC in Lagos State in 1990s. We must be guided by history and we must also work harder not to allow history to repeat itself too often in a negative way”, Adebomi admonished.

“Let me also state here clearly that a repeat of Edo mistakes in the October 10 governorship elections in Ondo State would spell doom for our party. And that is the bitter truth. So, our leaders must recognise this fact and bury their differences in the overall interest of APC. This is certainly a very difficult time for us and only unity of purpose would see us through this turbulent time.”

“I am also using this medium to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the necessary support towards deepening the nation’s democracy. There is no doubting the fact Nigerians now have more confidence in the electoral system that their votes will always count.” Adebomi stated.

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