President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday evening outlined the importance of the ruling All Progressives Congress to win the July 14 governorship elections in Ekiti State. He said this was important because the election would be a pointer to how subsequent elections would pan out.

Buhari made this known while hosting members of the APC South-West caucus to a dinner at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The party aspirants in Ekiti State that contested for the party’s sole ticket alongside the winner, Dr. Kayode Faremi were all present at the dinner.

He noted that values like forthrightness, candor, and integrity that were the watchword for the people of the state have been lost under the administration of Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party. He said it was time for the APC to restore those lost values to the state.

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The President said, “I know Ekiti fairly well and Ekiti people are well known for their forthrightness, candour, and integrity.

“All of these values seem to have been lost and we must restore these values and return Ekiti to its pride of place in the comity of states.

“As we approach the 2019 elections, the return of Ekiti into the fold of progressive states is important as the election of July 14 is going to be a key pointer to subsequent elections.”

He urged all party chiefs to work together to ensure electoral victory for Fayemi. Buhari also noted that he would never make any interference in the party’s internal affairs at any level.

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