Accord Will Dislodge PDP, APC in Ekiti - Okupe
|Doyin Okupe in Ado-Ekiti|
A national leader of the Accord Party, Dr Doyin Okupe has stated that the party will dislodge the People's Democratic Party and All Progressive Congress during the governorship election in Ekiti State come 2018.
The former PDP stalwarts made this declaration in Ado Ekiti during State Congress of the Accord Party while receiving the new leadership of the party in the State. He also welcomed those who decamped from the People's Democratic party and the All Progressive Congress.
Okupe who disclosed that he was instrumental to the emergence of Governor Ago Fayose in Ekiti said, "God has already departed from Fayose and PDP, I can assure you that come 2018 Akogun Banji Ojo of the Accord Party will emerge as the new Governor of Ekiti State."
Describing the stomach infrastructure programme as a deceit, the Accord party leader said: "Accord will provide total infrastructure in Ekiti not a deceptive stomach infrastructure. If Fayose claims to be doing stomach infrastructure, what of leg infrastructure or head infrastructure? Road infrastructure and real welfare of the masses will suffer when a government is only concerned about the stomach. No wonder he has failed to pay workers' salaries."
|Prayer session during the Congress|
While describing Akogun Banjo Ojo as a God sent, Okupe compared the Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof Kolapo Olusola, who has been endorsed by Governor Fayose as an empty shell the moment Fayose, who Okupe described as the snail, leaves office. He said the Accord flagbearer will liberate Ekiti people since the PDP and the APC had let down the people.
In a separate interview, the Accord Party leader and governorship candidate explained that Accord was new in the state because "the old Accord in Ekiti has collapsed with the defection of Mr Kole Ajayi to the APC."
|ABO with Okupe|
The Accord leader who is otherwise known as ABO said: "Kole Ajayi only used Accord to gain political relevance and he dumped the party because he is not from Ekiti but Ondo State. He only needed a platform to gain popularity. In establishing Accord in Ekiti, I went to buy 20,000 cards which we are distributing freely to members and intending members."
Newly sworn in officers are: Chairman: Chief Samuel Odeoba, Vice Chairman: Chief Ade Ayeni, Secretary: Philips Olowoyo, PRO: Deacon Joseph Anifowose, Assistant PRO: Sola Ojo, Treasurer: Olasunkanmi Awe, Women leader: Omolara Ojuolape among others.
This Europe based Publisher and cultural promoter said, youth and women who wanted to contest for various positions under Accord Party would obtain their nomination forms, free of charge. He also disclosed that from 2018, his party would be giving N30,000 soft loan to traders in Ekiti which they would be paying back on instalments of N3000 every month.
Some of those who decamped from other parties to Accord spoke with the Fountain Newsvreaker. According to Mrs Funke Aduloju, a member of APC from Ado Ekiti, "I joined Accord because those I saw their are men and women of integrity"
Representing those who defected from PDP are Engr Gbenga Olanrewaju Fadahunsi from Ado Ekiti and Mrs Toyin Agboola from Kajola. Also Mr Olusegun Olusola from Iworoko, formerly of the PDP described the PDP as a failed party and that Accord would bring succour to the people.
The new members were received by the national officials and the party's governorship candidate who presented them party cards and the party flag.