#BounceExclusive: APC Picks Oni, Opeyemi, Adeyeye For Ekiti Senatorial Seats
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has conceded senatorial tickets in Ekiti State to its former National Deputy Chairman, Segun Oni, ex- Commissioner for Information & Strategy in Lagos State, Opeyemi Bamidele and former National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic, Adedayo Adeyeye.
By implication, the concession has already cast pall on the aspiration of Sen. Fatimat Raji-Rasaki to return to the Senate in 2019 despite her decision to defect to the APC.
Multiple sources at national and state level revealed this development to Bounce News on Sunday.
The move is to pacify Oni, Bamidele and Adeyeye considering the role they played to ensure Fayemi's victory.
One of the sources said while the governor-elect favoured Opeyemi for Ekiti Central Senatorial District, the APC had already resolved to nominate Oni and Adeyeye in Ekiti North and South respectively.
However, according to the source, the APC will still hold free and fair primaries in the three senatorial districts in line with the guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
All senatorial aspirants are free to participate in the primaries despite the concession.
He explained that Fayemi was not oblivious of the impending crisis that might erupt in the Ekiti APC if the political gladiators are not accorded with due recognition.
Bamidele for instance, paid supreme price just to ensure the victory of the APC and Fayemi. He was shot and flown abroad for treatment.
Bamidele, a former member of the House of Representatives, has returned to Nigeria on Thursday after two months treating gunshot injury in the UK and US.
Another source confirmed that Fayemi had “to make the concession before the governorship election because it was evident he would not be able to defeat the PDP candidate, Prof. Olusola Kolapo due to the overbearing political influence of the incumbent governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose in the state.”
The source confirmed that rather than contesting the senatorial race, Oni had already given the slot to his die-hard adherent, Sen. Olubunmi Adetunmbi, who occupied the seat between 2011 and 2015.
Unlike the case of Oni, the source revealed that both Bamidele and Adeyeye “have accepted to contest the senatorial race with the support of the APC National Deputy Chairman, Adeniyi Adebayo.”
An entirely different source revealed the plan to reward former Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Femi Bamisile, who was the Director of Contact & Mobilisation of the Fayemi Campaign Council.
Apart from Bamisile, the source disclosed that Fayemi might also pacify other governorship aspirants including Wole Oluyede and Hon. Funminiyi Afuye, who had declared to contest the state legislative race.
The source said: “A lot of concessions have been made to stabilise our party. But Fayemi seems not ready to gamble with the 26 Assembly members.
"He wanted those that will be loyal to him because he has just four years. He may choose not less than 20 of the would-be state.lawmakers.”
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