An All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship aspirant in Ondo State, Engr. Tunji Light Ariyomo, has appealed to the party not to involve in any form of ‘delegates camping’ ahead of the September 3 primary.
He spoke to newsmen in reaction to an alarm raised by another aspirant of the party, Dr Olusegun Abraham.
Abraham, while featuring on a live radio station programme in Akure, alleged that some aspirants scheming to win APC ticket had camped the delegates in an area.
Abraham said: “These delegates who never knew the intention of the desperate aspirants, went for the meeting, only to be confined and never allowed to go home.”
But sounding a note of warning, Ariyomo told our correspondent that: “Delegate camping is a vestige of the locust days of the PDP where money and only money decided preferences.
“There must be a departure from that experience. Delegates should not be treated as commodities that are on sale.
“They are our people. If you are truly worthy of their votes and you are genuinely worthy of the ticket of APC, your strategy must not be to camp delegates and buy their votes.”
TLA, as fondly called, added: “Your strategy must be that of active and productive engagement of their minds to convince them that you have the best programs for the economic revival of our state.
“If your strategy to win is to hide delegates from your fellow contestants, how would you measure up in the general election? Would you hide the people from other parties?”