Ekiti State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Karounwi Oladapo, has claimed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would rule the state till 2046 without challenge.
In a statement on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti, Oladapo said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) would find it difficult to put any serious challenge during elections in the state.
He noted that the Ekiti PDP had been stripped of its rank, with most of its leaders backing Governor Biodun Oyebanji of the APC.
He said: ”God spare our lives; it will be a miracle if the Ekiti PDP has any fighting strength and capacity for any political battle beyond 2026 in Ekiti State.
“If the PDP has been ruling in Bayelsa and Rivers States since 1999, with a fresh mandate that will last till 2027 (i.e., for a cumulative period of 28 years), and the same goes for the APC in Lagos State, what stops the same scenario from happening in Ekiti State?
“Ekiti APC will be in the saddle for the first 28 years, starting with the APC Fayemi in 2018. This is 2024; take six years out of 28 years; you have 22 years. Simply put, the Ekiti APC will retain power with good governance for the next 22 years. That is, up to 2046.
“You don’t have to agree with my insight and perspective, but keep this write-up, mark your calendar, and start counting along with me.”
He spoke on former governor Ayodele Fayose’s endorsement of Governor Oyebanji for a second term, saying the governor in the last year has raised the bar of governance in the state.
“Fayose is a master strategist and full of political wisdom. He knows how to play the game and will continue to remain politically relevant in Ekiti politics and Nigeria for a long time. He knows when to fight and when to beat a retreat, and he aligns with the winning and performing team led by Governor Biodun Oyebanji.
“He is happy and merry today and not stressing and sharpening himself in an unnecessary and unproductive struggle for an elusive and unattainable state power through a highly degraded, decimated, uncoordinated, and extremely weak political platform called the PDP in Ekiti State.
“You don’t have to agree with his political style, and he has no apologies to offer anybody. If you are a member of the Ekiti PDP and you see the wisdom in his decision to support the government of APC Oyebanji till 2030, follow him, and if not, stay where you are,” he said.