A former member of the House of Representatives , Mr . Opeyemi Bamidele , has warned that the internal crisis within the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State can affect the party ’ s chances in the governorship poll slated for July 14 , this year in the state .
Bamidele , in a statement on Tuesday , said the desire of every member of the APC was for the party to reclaim power from the Peoples Democratic Party in the election .
He , however , lamented that the current situation whereby aspirants were making unfavourable comments about one another could shatter such dream .
Bamidele , who is also a governorship aspirant , expressed disappointment over how some of his counterparts had been using the social media and the existing APC platforms to discredit one another .
He said , “ I have heard some aspirants branding others as unmarketable . I have heard some describing some notable members and even a national officer as an outsider in the APC .
“ All these sinister and deleterious political moves might impede our desire to take over Ekiti , except we begin to see ourselves as one and the time to do that is now. ”
Bamidele therefore urged the Deputy Chairman of the party , Chief Kemi Olaleye , to caution members who had turned themselves into “ online monsters ” thereby destroying the unity of the party.
He said , “ Those who still maintain a hard stance after being cautioned by the party ’ s top hierarchy should be sanctioned . The APC is a party guided by the constitution and it should not trivialise issues that could disunite members , particularly at a time that we are approaching a critical election like this.
“ Ekiti and Osun governorship elections are strategic to our party . The polls will determine so many things in our party and it will help in sending a signal that the APC is still very strong , acceptable and remains a movement in the country ’ s political hemisphere . ”