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Ekiti 2022: APC Youth  Endorse Bamidele for Governor

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As the race for the January 22, 2022 governorship  primary of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State  gathers steam, a political body  under the acronym ‘Coalition of Youth Support Group ‘,  has endorsed Senator representing Ekiti Central in the Senate, Opeyemi Bamidele, for governor.

The group, which passed a vote  of confidence in Bamidele during his consultation  tour to Emure, Ilejemeje and Moba Local governments, described the Chairman, Southern Senators Forum, as the most experienced and competent APC aspirant to fly the party’s ticket for the forthcoming poll.

The Coalition’s Coordinators in the councils, Ajiboye Boboye and Aina Folajimi, appealed to APC youth across the state to back Bamidele’s aspiration, branding him as the best for the state among the aspirants parading themselves for the coveted seat.

Boboye, who described the Senator as a loyal party chieftain, said: “For the continuity agenda of Governor Kayode Fayemi to  continue, Senator Bamidele remains the best man to sustain this legacy. Any disconnection may affect the development focus of our dear state.

“With his experience spanning over 30 years across executive, legislative and judiciary strata, we believe that he has the experience , the exposure and right connections to take Ekiti to a higher pedestal banking on what Governor Fayemi has done as a springboard”.

In all the council visited to seek the party’s support, the  frontline governorship aspirant, disclosed that God has anointed him to turn around the fortunes of the state if accorded  the leeway to occupy the governorship seat.

Bamidele promised that youth employment, human and  infrastructure development, commercial agriculture, free and compulsory basic education, tourism development , robust healthcare delivery and reformed civil service will be the kernel and policy thrust of his administration.

“I am here to appeal for your votes, am telling you that the anointing of God is upon me that will turn the state around in which elders, men, women, youths and children will experience dividends of democracy. I have seen a lot in life. I understand how the common man feels on the streets because I have been in their condition before.”

He debunked the widespread claim  that Governor Kayode Fayemi has  endorsed one of the aspirants, saying : “If they are deceiving you, don’t deceive yourself . The governor has not endorsed anybody . I have right to drop the governor’s name, because I have been his friend for 40 years, but  I won’t  tarnish his good name by making him look as if he wants to impose me . I am here to appeal for your votes and I won’t disappoint if given”.

On the hoopla and contentions surrounding his claim that he funded the party when the party lost control of Ekiti in 2003 till Fayemi mounted the saddle of governance in 2010, Bamidele restated that ; “myself alongside some other leaders were responsible for the sustenance of our party from May 29th, 2003 when our Leader, Otunba Niyi Adebayo left office  till 16th October, 2010. The records were there .

“It was also in the course of my service to our great party as the Director-General of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organization that the ghastly shooting incident of 1st June, 2018 happened to me, but we thank  God for saving  my life to survive the fiery occurrence.

“Between 2000 and 2002, I served as the National Director of Publicity of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and have also deployed my God-given talents, professional skills and wealth of experience in the service of our dear party from AD to AC, ACN and APC.

“As a thorough-bred party chieftain and grassroots mobilizer, I know how to take good care of our party, our leaders, stalwarts and teeming members and this shall not be at the detriment of Ekiti people’s growth and development.

“Ekiti people are waiting to vote for me; what I need is the ticket of our dear party to coast home to victory as APC Governorship Candidate in June 2022.”

Bamidele said :” Our party must remain united and be careful about what we say about each other because of primary election, at the end of the day, opposition parties will be waiting to catch-in on that.

“It is important for us to run a campaign that is scientific, a campaign that is violence free, a campagn that is driven by issues and promises that we will be able to fulfill, most importantly victory of our party should be our focus.”

He, therefore,  appealed to the leadership of the party both at the national and the State levels to create a level playing ground for all aspirants in the State because the outcome of the primary election would determine  the performance and  chances of the party in its quest to win the Governorship election slated for June 18, 2021.

Bamidele submitted that the Ekiti people were waiting for him to massively  vote for him  as Governor of the State, adding that none of the other  Governorship aspirants had the kind of experience, he had acquired in governance because he served in all three arms of government in which he performed excellently.

 

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‘I Will Continue To Campaign For Tinubu’, Buhari Says At Nasarawa Rally

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said he will continue to campaign for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu as the “next president of Nigeria”.

The President spoke before a crowd at the presidential campaign rally in Lafia Square, where he endorsed Tinubu; and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.

‘‘I congratulate and assure you that God willing we are going to win through and through.

“As Tinubu said in his speech, I have known him for more than 20 years, and I will continue to campaign for Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He is a committed Nigerian and I believe he will give all his best to Nigeria,” Buhari said, according to a statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu

The APC presidential candidate thanked the President for being the ‘‘poster boy’’ of his campaign.

‘‘Nigeria is surviving as a nation. Because of constitutional democracy we would have asked you to continue, but you said no, you are going back to Daura, your hometown,’’ he said.

Tinubu also used the occasion to chide those insinuating that he is having a frosty relationship with the President, saying, ‘‘Those who think there are cracks in our friendship and relationship would continue to be disappointed and have their short-term joy limited. Ours is not about the individual but about nation building, honesty, integrity and character.”

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‘Don’t Let Them Cheat Us’, Adebanjo Joins Obi’s Campaign In Abeokuta

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Labour Party Presidential candidate, Peter Obi and his Vice
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The leader of pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo on Saturday, campaigned for Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi in the ancient city of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

He urged a crowd of Labour Party supporters at the rally to vote in Obi, warning that enormous suffering awaits Nigerians if Obi doesn’t win the February 25 presidential poll.

The nonagenarian, who was at the rally held at the Ake Palace Ground in the state capital alongside another Afenifere chieftain, Chief Femi Okunrounmu, amongst others, cautioned the people to come out on the day of election and vote, saying, “don’t let them cheat us”.

Adebanjo, who addressed the people in Yoruba, said, “Ensure you vote, don’t let them cheat us. What is on the ground is not about Ayo Adebanjo. No matter what happens, I can’t be affected. I am expecting God to call me home. Enormous suffering await us if we don’t vote in Obi.”

The 94-year-old elder statesman had snubbed the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu who is from the South-West geopolitical zone to endorse Obi, a former Anambra State governor, saying in the interest of justice and fairness all Nigerians should be Obi-Datti compliant.

Obi has enjoyed a wave of endorsements in the last couple of weeks including those of former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Chief Edwin Clark of the Pan Niger Delta Forum; Dr Bitrus Pogu of the Middle Belt Forum, and Chief John Nwodo of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, amongst others.

Also speaking at the rally on Saturday, Obi assured the people of a new Nigeria built on rule of law, fundamental human rights, probity, and accountability if elected president come February 25.

The LP presidential candidate promised to fight insecurity and poverty while seeking the understanding and support of the electorate.

He also expressed his desire to put back the country on the path of growth and progress if elected.

Addressing the crowd, Obi said, “Help us to build a new Nigeria by lifting people out of poverty, by moving Nigeria from consumption to production.

“We want a Nigeria if students go to the university, four years will be four years, no more ASUU strike. We want a Nigeria where Nigerian youths will have jobs; that is the Nigeria we want.

“This election, let nobody tell you about tribe. Every tribe is hungry. No tribe buys bread cheaper. Let nobody tell you about religion; no religion buys bread cheaper – every tribe, every religion is suffering.”

The National Chairman of the party, Julius Abure while making case for Obi put the current socio-economic and political challenges at the door of the ruling APC. He subsequently called for a change of leadership of the country come February 25.

And as part of his visit to the ancient city, the LP presidential candidate and his entourage were guests of the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo where he sought royal blessings for his journey to the presidency.

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Ekiti Central: Give me Opeyemi Bamidele to Work with me in Abuja – Tinubu

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The Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appealed to the people of Ekiti Central Senatorial District to vote massively for Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele to enable him (Bamidele) work with him (Asiwaju) in Abuja in the next administration.

Bamidele who is currently the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters is seeking re-election to Senate under the platform of All Progressives Congress.

Speaking at the Palace of Ewi Ado in Ado- Ekiti during the Presidential campaign in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Friday.Tinubu said that he has so.much in confidence in the competence, loyalty and integrity of Senator Bamidele because he has been working with him since 1992.

Bamidele was Legislative aide to the the former governor of Lagos when the later was in the Senate in the botched third republic.

He explained that Senator Bamidele understands legislative business very t considering his training in the United States of America, adding that he paid Bamidele’s school fees while pursuing his Masters degree in Law.

Tinubu added that Senator Bamidele knows how to talk to him on issues pertaining to the development of Ekiti  State, promising to give appointment to the person that is contesting against Bamidele.

He said, “Since 1992,  Opeyemi Bamidele has been with me , the other person that is contesting for Ekiti Central Senatorial district is my son too.Both of them contesting for the position are my son’s, but am begging you for Opeyemi Bamidele because if there is anything to address, if you want to talk to me , Opeyemi knows how to talk to me , if Kabiyesi sent message , Opeyemi is the one that knows how to talk to me.

“The other person that is  contesting against Opeyemi will be considered for appointment.  Opeyemi schooled in America, he knows about legislative business .

” Am not forcing him (Opeyemi) on you , but am begging you that you should give me  Opeyemi Bamidele to work with me in Abuja, the other contestant, I will give him appointment.”

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