By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA- Ahead of the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress APC in Ekiti state, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, has denied speculation that he is being backed by President Muhammadu Buhari, to fly the party’s flag.
Speaking with journalists Thursday after he picked his nomination form at the APC national Secretariat in Abuja, Ojudu said it was an insult on his person to refer to him as someone’s candidate.
“Let me say this; I am not the President’s candidate. I am nobody’s candidate. The president is a father to all of us. I have a history in this country. I started fighting the military at the age of 27. I wrote my first ‘will’ at the age of 29. I was locked up 15 times between 1993 and 1998. I am a man of myself. I fought Babangida, I fought Abacha, I fought Obasanjo, I campaigned for democracy, I campaigned for good governance, I campaigned for human rights and I suffered for it.
“I was in prison for nine months; I wore one cloth for nine months. That cloth I wore for nine months is in the museum at the epicentre of Ekiti state.
“So, at my level, at 57, I am not a cripple, I am not a baby, I don’t need crutches, I don’t have to be the President’s candidate. In fact, I am coming too late. I have enough knowledge and education to be President of this country. Therefore, it is an insult to say somebody is carrying me, I don’t need anybody to carry me.
“President Buhari is our leader, he is our president and he is the leader of our party. If you know him very well, he is a fair-minded person. If I decide today, if his wife is from Ekiti and she is in this race with me, President Buhari will still be fair to all of us. That is the man I know. So, perish that thought. If anybody comes to you to say, he is being backed or presented by the President, know that person is a bloody liar.”
On her part, the only female governorship aspirant of APC in the race, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, ruled out possibility of being defeated by any of the male aspirants including former Governors Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi among others.
According to her, she is in the race to bridge the gap between the people of the state and the government and to improve the well-being of the people of the state, lamenting that most Ekiti graduates are now ‘Okada’ riders.