Ekiti 2022: I’m Still In The Race, Says Hon. Faparusi


A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and one of the aspirants in the next year governorship election in Ekiti State, Hon. Bamidele Faparusi has restated his commitment to contesting the election.

He debunked the rumours making the rounds in some quarters that he was just out only to negotiate for position.

He made this assertion while interacting with some section of journalists in Ado-Ekiti.

The former Commissioner said that he’s committed to contesting the governorship election, but not desperate.

He explained that he wouldn’t hesitate to drop the ambition if all the aspirants from the South Senatorial Distinct could come together as a group, harmonise their interests and come out with only one person.

“If there are discussions and there are perimeters on the ground. It is allowed in politics. The discussion has been going on for some time now. If not for that, we would have had like six or seven aspirants picking up the form. With the level of our discussion now, we may just have like three that would pick up the form.

“During the 2018 governorship election, twelve of us picked up the form and it’s understandable because the expectation was that our senatorial district would produce the next governor. So that actually triggered a lot of people to want to present themselves,” he said.

In 2007, when the agitation was on that North should produce the next governor, he said they had eleven aspirants from the then Action Congress, out of which, nine came from the North because the expectation then was that North would produce the next governor.

“The system streamlined and Dr. Kayode Fayemi emerged from the North. The people across the State, the delegates, the electorates, everybody was looking towards the North at that time.  Other people that were contesting from the South, from the Central, were not given consideration.

“Everybody’s focus then was picking a candidate from the North. The same thing could happen this time around. All our delegates, all our party members should be focused and go and look for a viable candidate from the South,” Faparusi advised.

“It’s a journey that I believe that I have something to offer for the development of the State. I believe so much in the power of the people. So I play more of grassroots politics. I am very close to the people and I know the problem that Ekiti State is facing.

“I believe I have what it takes to move Ekiti State forward. My Senatorial District that hasn’t produced Governor since 1999, needs somebody like me to be the party candidate and to make it easier to win the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti.

“With what is on the streets today, if APC refuses to pick a candidate from the south, we are going to lose the election. There is no pretense about that. It is going to be in the interest of the party to pick a candidate from the south,” he added.

Faparusi acknowledged the fact that the present administration has laid a lot of foundations for the economic independence of Ekiti State, saying he only needs to build more on that and move it forward.



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