By Rotimi Ojomoyela
THE Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) has expressed optimism of wining the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti with its candidate, Oluyinka Akerele.
DPP National Chairman, Mr Garshon Benson, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja, described Akerele as a grassroots politician.
He said that the party had replaced Joseph Oladejo, whose name was initially submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, with that of Akerele.
His words: “Akerele is a strong grassroots politician that is well known in Ekiti State.
He has also done a lot of politics in Lagos. He is the candidate to beat in the Ekiti State governorship election.
“He is more popular today than any other candidate contesting the Ekiti governorship election because of his antecedents.
“Akerele is not a new comer; he has a lot of supporters across both the formal and informal sectors. Just few days ago, he was endorsed by tailors and some groups with over 30,000 members as their candidate.
“ With what is on the ground, I believe we are going to win Ekiti,” Benson said.
Akerele was one of the aspirants that participated in the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary in Ekiti State that produced former Minister of Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi, as winner.