Ekiti Ambassadors, a socio-political group, in Ekiti State has
launched a campaign against imposition of candidates for political
offices to commence with the 2018 governorship election.
The group said it was working with interest groups, faith-based
organizations and civil society bodies to ensure that the votes of
party delegates and the electorate count with the next governorship
poll barely two years away.
Addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the President, Ekiti
Ambassadors, Owoola Daramola, described imposition of candidates as
one of the greatest enemies of democracy, which according to him must not be allowed to continue.
Daramola said the group was working with others to ensure the emergence
of what he called a “home-grown governor” who has connection with the
people and has investment in the state.
He called on the people of the state to be at on the watch out and resist
any move by those he referred to as moneybags and politicians to
impose their will on the electorate.
Daramola said last weekend’s All Progressives Congress , APC,
governorship primary in Ondo State has signalled an end to politics of
imposition and the enthronement of the people’s choice.
He said: “We need somebody who is conversant with all the
politico-economic history who will revert and reverse the sad story of
Ekiti land. We need somebody who is part of the system, who
understands the people, who knows how and what the people feel.
“Somebody who has investment and interest at home, somebody who will
make Ekiti a place of envy and honour. We need somebody who will lay
the foundation of future political-economic leadership, growing,
nurture and maintain it for generations yet unborn.
“Our position is that the head of the next administration would be
someone who has ties with us in Ekiti, someone who understands what we
feel and what we need, someone who shares the same cultural and
traditional ties with us. Someone who is genuinely dedicated and
solely devoted to serving the public good.
“We want a breathing space from the political leaders calling the
shots as our leaders, people who stay away in Lagos and Abuja to hand
us handouts and peanuts at irregular intervals to corner our
Ekiti Ambassadors’ boss expressed regrets that the two major political
parties in the state;APC and PDP are not prepared for the next
election advising parties in the state to put their house in order and
go back to the grassroots to sell their manifesto to the electorate.
He said while the APC is factionalized, the PDP has become a one-man
show which he said could be traced to the fact that its members are
waiting on Governor Ayo Fayose’s body language on his likely
Daramola maintained that Ekiti people won’t fold their arms and allow
Fayose impose a candidate on them saying “the next governor will
emerge from the votes of the delegates at primaries and at the main
According to him, the group is working hard with other interest groups
to carry out enlightenment of the electorate to reject inducement from
politicians and insist on using their votes to change bad leaders.