……..Direct or Indirect Primary will not stop my ambition – Opeyemi Bamidele
Chairman of Southern Senators Forum, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele has expressed confidence that direct or Indirect primary will not stop him from becoming Governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti state in 2022.
Bamidele who made this known while the Ekiti Concerned Professionals presented expression of interest Nomination Cheque to him Abuja led Lekan Ajisafe said he is coming on board with something usual.
He said, “As to my own aspirations in Ekiti, I have no doubt that whether it is direct primary or it is indirect primary you know, I stand a good Chance by the grace of God to win the Primary, I know that I am loved by the people of Ekiti state and I know that my own aspiration goes beyond pasting posters on the worlds in Ekiti because I am a poster that is already posted on the minds of the people of Ekiti state.
” And I’m looking forward to a very decent Governorship race, a race that is popular, a race that is decent, a race that is driven by ideas and on issues and a race that is violence free.
“We have in place a governor who is well educated, who is respected by all, who understands the language of democracy and development, who I also know will ensure that there is an atmosphere for everybody to aspire and I believe that Ekiti has become a cynosure of all Eyes in this country and a lot of people are interested in what is about to happen in Ekiti.”
He added that the signing of Electoral Act (Amendment Bil) which contains direct primary is not about the National Assembly or President Muhammadu Bihari, but it is about Nigerians who are yearning for free and fair election.
The Chairman of Senate Committee on Judiciary said, “At the end of the end of the day it is not about the national assembly, it is not about the national assembly, or any individual or institution.
“It is about the people of Nigeria. Our democracy, the survival of same and growth of same.
” It’s about moving Nigeria forward, those who felt strongly about the idea of putting a clause in our proposed electoral bill to guarantee direct primaries as a method of choosing candidates of political parties meant well for the country.
“Some of those who are trying to oppose it, some of them also have logical arguments. Regardless of who posited what, who was opposed to what, the national assembly has passed a Bill in that regard, and the bill is waiting presidential assent, I want to believe that the President also means very well for Nigeria, he will take a decision he believes is in the best interest of Nigerians and he believes is in the best interest of our democracy and whatever decision he decides, he chooses to take, I’m sure he will also back it up with reasons which Nigerians will also look into.”
Speaking earlier, the leader of the group described Senator Opeyemi Bamidele as tested hand who they are confident that he will move the state forward considering his experience in Legislative, Judiciary and Executive Arms of government.
According to him, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele is tested hand and who capable of turning the state for better considering his experience in arms of government.
2023 General Elections: No aspirants ‘ll leave APC after primaries, says APC Chair, Adamu
The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu has assured that no aspirants will leave the party after the party’s primaries, which are now slated for May 26th through 30th.
Adamu stated that the ruling APC does not only want to win but also wants to win big in 2023.
He made the assurance on Saturday while addressing a group of party members in the diaspora at a global virtual town hall session on “Intra-Party democracy for the Emergence of Best Candidates.”
The programme, themed, “Democracy in Nigeria: Mobilizing Global Support for Progressives and Continuity,” was organized under the auspices of the APC Ward-to-ward Diaspora Network in collaboration with the APC Ward-to-ward Ambassadors.
The Chairman said, “Directly I want to tell you that after the primaries, non of the contestants of aspirants will leave the party.
You can see unlike the other parties extending weight, in our party all our aspirants are calm. Everybody is going left and right, trying to win votes for themselves.
Adamu, who was represented as a Special Assistant, Prof. Abdullahi Yau, added, “I can assure you this is the most interesting part; the number of people that are contesting and they are going to give everybody a playing level ground where you can exercise your right as a Nigerian to contest.
“And at the end of the exercise, just as what happened in the National convention, you see that everybody will be satisfied with whoever that emerges from the primaries.”
He said, “Unless you have a process that is not well coordinated, a process that is marred by irregularities that’s when people will be aggrieved and would want to leave the party.
If you’re allowed to exercise your right and you think there’s fairness in what’s going on in the party and you lose, I don’t think you would want to leave the party.
“I assure you even if we are going to have such a scenario, where we are going to have aggrieved members after the primaries, the Chairman and stakeholders of the party will ensure they reconcile everybody after the primaries,” he added.
He, however, said all aspirants would be listened to by a high-power delegation of the committee if there’s a tangible reason why they are complaining after the party’s primaries.
Osun 2022: Oyetola Campaign Council appreciates Ooni, Ife monarchs, residents for massive turnout
Osun not for sale to highest bidder, Oyetola campaign council replies Adeleke, PDP
...warns him not to overheat polity
The Adegboyega Oyetola Campaign Council has described as absurd, unthinkable and totally unacceptable the boast by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke that he had acquired enough money in hard currencies to buy Osun and its people for the July 16 Governorship contest.
In a statement signed by its Director-General, Senator Ajibola Bashiru, the Campaign Council declared that Osun was not for sale to the highest bidder, just as it noted that on daily basis, the PDP candidate is proving to the Osun electorate that he had nothing to offer.
Senator Ademola, the PDP candidate had over the weekend during the party’s Osun Central Campaign rally, said “Osun people, you are the ones to decide. If it is about money, I have enough. I came with plenty money (hitting his pocket with his right hand). And it is not only naira, I came with dollars, pounds and Euro. This time around in Osun, it is fire for fire.”
Reacting to Ademola’s comment, the Oyetola Campaign Council said: “Osun people are not gullible. We have left them in no doubt of the quality our party, the APC and our Administration are made of, including the capacity of our candidate to deliver in the past three and half years. We have proved through our inclusive governance strategy that our people are our strength and that we do not take them for granted and we will never take them for granted. This explains why in spite of the way the 2018 election went, our administration began infrastructure intervention from Ede, the hometown of the PDP candidate.
“Osun people are enlightened, they Know that the State and its citizens are not up for sale to the highest bidder. Therefore, the PDP candidate should keep his money. Or better still, he could deploy those resources to establish industries to provide jobs for the people. This way, he will also be supporting the present Administration’s noticeable efforts in the last three and half years to industrialise the State and change its narrative as a Civil Service State, to one bubbling with economic activities.
“It is on record that the Oyetola-led administration has since inception taken concrete steps to open up the State for investments, and has been able to attract a number of investments into Osun, contributing to the economic growth of the State.
“We assure the PDP candidate that, like the Administration did to other players in the private sector, we will provide a level playing ground for his business to thrive and ensure Osun and its people derive maximum benefit from the investment.
The Campaign Council also cautioned Adeleke against overheating the polity with his incendiary comments and violent tendencies, wondering what he meant by saying ‘it’s fire for fire this time around’.
“As a responsible party, we urge Senator Adeleke and his party to embrace peaceful conduct and decorum in their political engagements and electioneering. We must avoid any comment or action that can jeopardise the peace and stability of our State,” the dded.
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