Dr Lee Badeji, the chairman of All Progressives Congress Ekiti State, United Kingdom has called on party stakeholders to collaborate with Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State to develop the state.
He made the call in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, adding that Fayemi was a man with a large heart that meant well for the state and should be supported by all.
He added that the infighting among party members in the state was not necessary; stressing that there was need for unity if the state must remain relevant in the political arena ahead of 2023.
Badeji, however, noted that the political infighting in the state chapter was not unconnected with the internal quibble among its stakeholders.
According to him, such seeming frenzy atmosphere does not speak well for a political family. adding that there is need to forge a common political front.
This, he said, was critical to engender unity among politicians in the state for the common good of all Ekiti at home and in the Diaspora.
He added that as a leader, he was already working round the clock to unify all warring parties within the party in the state.
“My peace initiative is solely due to my position as the chairman of the state’s party in the UK to preach peace and unity among all leaders at home.
“I therefore call on all other party leaders in the state, including those who had left for one reason or the other to allow for reconciliation and long lasting peace to reign supreme.
“As the 2023 politicking commences in earnest, the role of Ekiti State is very pivotal in shaping the next electioneering in the country.
“However, we must put our house in order to be able to make meaningful and valuable impact in the months ahead,” he said.
Badeji noted the contributions of other political leaders in the state to forestall and sustain progressivism in the interest of all.
He added that such party leaders had over time provided good leadership at several points in their political sojourn in the state, saying that their contributions could not be undermined.
He said the individual contributions of such leaders had positively impacted the overall wellness of the citizenry.
He added that it was therefore disturbing to see such political eggheads engaged in needless and avoidable brawls which would serve no one any good.
“I am ready and willing to work with all in the overall interest of Ekiti.
“Truth remains Gov. Fayemi may not be perfect, no one is, and just like everyone too, Dr Badeji is no exception.
“But as human, I learn from my mistakes, make the necessary adjustment and move on.
“The same way can be said of the incumbent Gov. Fayemi, he is a man that learns from his mistakes and always willing to learn and listen to the opinions of others” he said.
He said Fayemi had never been known to be vindictive, adding that he was an embodiment of progressive politics where common interest was considered paramount.
He added that even those aggrieved with the process that brought Fayemi in after the party’s primaries would agree that he had not faltered in terms of governance and deliverables.
Badeji thanked the state party leaders and commended their efforts so far at ensuring that the interest of the people remained paramount.
Mr Olusegun Agbalajobi in the statement, commended Badeji for his peace initiative, saying that he was a true son of Ekiti and a good leader that should be emulated.
“I appreciate the mediation you have undertaken without any push from anyone. I am ready and willing to work with you in the overall interest of Ekiti,” the statement quoted Agbalajobi as saying.