Ekiti 2018: Fayemi Picks Wounded Bamidele As Campaign DG
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the July 14 election in Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has picked ailing Opeyemi Bamidele as the Director General of his campaign council.
Fayemi, described the event leading to the shooting of Bamidele two weeks ago during a stampede at the APC secretariat in Ado Ekiti as very unfortunate.
He says there is need to retain the party chieftain, having consented to serve in that capacity before the horrible twist at the rally.
Bamidele and five others were shot by a policeman who mishandled his rifle during a mob action in the midst of the crowd.
Fayemi made the announcement after inaugurating his Ekiti State campaign council that will work with that of the national, led by Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu that had earlier been inaugurated by the National Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, for the success of the party in the poll.
Speaking after inaugurating the council in Ado Ekiti, Fayemi refuted the allegation that Bamidele had been flown to London for medicare, describing the media report as false and unfounded.
“Hon Bamidele has not been flown abroad, he is still in Lagos. I was with him till 1am today (Sunday). He is recuperating here in Nigeria and if there is need to take him abroad, we will tell the public.
“But let me state here that we are still retaining his position as the Director General of this council, because he had already accepted to be DG of this council before that incident”.
He said the National body of the party will flag off the campaign in Ekiti on June 19 while the grand finale that will be led by President Muhammadu Buhari will hold July 10.
He said the his campaign will officially take off in Ekiti East local government, appealing to members to begin aggressive house-to-house campaign for the party’s acceptability to gain more traction among the electorate.
“Let me state here that the shooting incident should not be seen as a pointer to what will happen on July 14 election. We are committed to peaceful election and the security has assured us that they will be alive to their responsibilities.
“The intelligence report we got that the PDP was plotting to cause violence of various forms in every part of the state has been shared with security agencies and they are working on it”.
Fayemi said the party had been receiving defectors from the PDP in recent time, saying those that will join the APC in one week
time will shock the state.
“We are happy that every contestant, I mean the governorship aspirants, is contributing to our campaign, so APC is intact and united. They are all eager to work for the victory of our party in this election.
“Unlike PDP that is disunited. You could see that Dayo Adeyeye has formally joined us. Others will be joining us one after the other and before the election, Governor Ayodele Fayose will be alone”.
Fayemi charged members of the committee not to segregate or discriminate against each other, urging them to work together for the victory of the party.
The State Chairman of the party, Jide Awe, said the campaign was decentralised to give more leverage for those at the units, wards and local governments to be able to work in the grassroots where the bulk of the voters are domiciled.
Awe urged them to be vigilant and eschew undue discrimination as they perform the task for the party to be able to win the election.
Chairmen of the campaign council are: Hon Bamidele (Director General),Niyi Adebayo(Finance), Hon Femi Bamsile (Mobilisation Committee), Bisi Fayemi (Women Committee), Wunmi Ogunlola (Welfare and Protocol), Biodun Fasakin (Legal Committee), Alaba Abejide (Contact), Dr Bayo Orire (Health), Femi Ogundare (Youth), Group Capt. Ropo Ayegbusi (Security) and Jide Awe (Special Purpose).
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