Babafemi Ojudu Withdraws From 2018 Ekiti Guber Race

Being speech delivered by Senator Babafemi Ojudu to announce his
withdrawal from the Ekiti 2018 Guber Race.
We are in this battle to win it…
My dear Compatriots,
For the past two years we have transversed Ekiti state, knocking on doors,
engaging our people and canvassing for support for our programmes. During
that period, we learned a lot more about this state: the goodness of our
people, the pureness of their intentions, and the tenacity of their
courage. We have worked very hard, but like you all know, hard work is
never the sole prerequisite for success in politics.
Through the embarrassing events of last weekend’s botched Ekiti
governorship primary election, its aftermath in the state, and the efforts
of our revered leaders from the Southwest this week to save our dear party
from ruination in Ekiti State, I have learned many lessons. Key among the
lessons is that you never can tell the man who will attempt to destroy
what many others have built from one who will aspire to elevate that which
is thrust into his hands.
From what has happened since May 5 to date, it goes without saying that
this is an unfair contest where the NWC Chairman has clearly demonstrated
that he does not care what happens to our dear party now and in the
nearest future. We saw a Chairman who has conspired with one of the
aspirants in the race to unleash mayhem on others, wreak havoc and
violence on ordinary citizens and exposed the state to great embarrassment
on national television. We saw an aspirant so unpopular to the extent that
delegates called him unprintable names at the voting arena now being
imposed on our people, not minding if this means we lose this state
We do not believe in engaging in an unfair contest and I am not ready to
step on blood to get to power.  As I have reiterated at different times in
the course of the campaign, this was never about me. It was not about an
ambition but a mission to give a new lease of life to Ekiti State and the
people. It was about safeguarding the future of our children, our
grandchildren, great grandchildren and even generations yet unborn.  There
is no doubt that we all love this land, that every one of you had best
hopes and aspiration for this beautiful state we call ours and that above
all, this state should wear a new look, be adorned with a new reputation
and have a new image of itself.
One other important lesson I learnt in the last one week is that one can
only truly appreciate the true intent of one’s co-travellers on a journey
when the chips are down. At this point, I would like to appreciate the
co-aspirants who were open to discussions aimed at resolving the
imbroglio. I must not fail to mention in particular my dear brother,
Congressman Bimbo Daramola who worked assiduously with me in the attempt
to find a solution albeit unsuccessfully, to what appeared as a stalemate
– pushing for the Option A4 method of primary election, which the NWC
Chairman opposed vehemently; pruning the numbers of aspirants by getting a
consensus candidate from among the aspirants from the Ekiti South
Senatorial district, to bring to fruition the agitation of our brothers
and sisters from the zone to have an opportunity to provide political
leadership just like the other zones always had, with none of them ready
to shift ground. I appreciate his courage and optimism. Despite the
seeming lack of results, we forged on. Similarly, my sister, Dr (Mrs)
Mojisola Yaya-Kolade deserves an ovation for her sagacity and boldness.
And many others who demonstrated their love for our state and the people
through their actions. We also appreciate our southwest leaders for their
intervention in the crisis. We thank them for their sage counsel. I want
to especially thank Baba Bisi Akande and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for
trying to help untangle the web that the Ekiti governorship primary
election has become.
All my life, I have fought injustice and sought the good of the whole.
Therefore, this injustice perpetrated against Ekiti people by the NWC
Chairman cannot be allowed to stand. This is why the fight will continue,
not as an aspirant but as a party reformer. As a leader and party
chieftain, I will inspire a new generation of leaders – of young
professionals, businessmen and technocrats to re-enter our politics and
change this state. Only then can we have men and women of honour who will
take Ekiti out of the wilderness and restore her to her pride of place. At
the national level, I will continue to support Mr. President in ensuring
party reforms. I will work hard to ensure that never again is our party
thrown to desperate men who feed on monetary inducements and undermine
their own party.
This movement continues but I would be stepping down immediately as a
governorship aspirant to focus on this new mission.
I thank the members of the Ekiti Rebirth Organisation (ERO) movement led
by the Director-General, Chief Ranti Adebisi (Opomulero). You stood by me
firmly over the years and I will never forget that. You all occupy a
special place in the future of this state and must never give up. Ours is
a battle for the soul of Ekiti that just and we are going to win! Let’s
get going. Ekiti will never forget. To this end, I urge you all to hold
steadfast. To not give up on the future of Ekiti. Sincere appreciation to
my wife, Omotola, for being a pillar of support and to my children, other
family members and my friends, for believing in me. Yours has been a
labour of love. The future is bright, our sights are certain and our gaze
is steadfast on the future. We won’t relent because the struggle
Let us move forward! Let us keep steadfast!! Ekiti will be great again!!!
God bless you all. God bless the All Progressives Congress. God Bless
Ekiti State

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