Ekiti 2018: Fayemi Picks Former Commissioner, Egbeyemi as Deputy

  • His choice, a masterstroke for APC, says Bamidele

Victor Ogunje in Ado

Former Executive Chairman of Ado-Ekiti Local Government in Ekiti State, Chief Adebisi Adegboyega Egbeyemi, has been nominated as the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State.

After a long search for the candidate, Egbeyemi, a lawyer, was picked as the candidate this evening after party leaders met for long hours to consider who is best suited to pair with former governor and immediate past Minister of Mines an Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to fly the party’s flag in the governorship contest.

Egbeyemi’s choice came after speculations by the expectant public spread that certain eminent indigenes of the state had been picked to fly the ticket with Fayemi in the July 14, 2018 governorship poll.
Egbeyemi, an indigene of Ado-Ekiti, was born on May 8, 1944 to the family of the late Egbeyemi Alade and late Madam Tinubu Egbeyemi.

He later went to the University of Ife to read Law between 1977 and 1980 before proceeding to the Law School in Lagos for his Barrister at Law certificate and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1981 as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He was appointed commissioner under the regime of Otunba Niyi Adebayo of the Alliance For Democracy(AD).
Meanwhile, Egbeyemi’s emergence has been described as a catalyst to the chances of the APC.

A member of the seventh House of Representatives and APC chieftain in Ekiti State, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, described Egbeyemi’s choice as a lubricant that would straighten all rough edges in the party and give the people of Ado Ekiti a sense of belonging in the coming election.

Bamidele in a statement in Ado Ekiti yesterday, said he didn’t just laud the stakeholders on the premise that Egbeyemi hails from Ado Ekiti, the town with largest number of voters in the state, but commended their efforts for such a dexterous thinking taking

cognizance of what the deputy governorship candidate represents in the politics of the state.
He described the former council boss as a popular politician across the state owing to his consummate and receptive nature, saying these would shore up the APC’s acceptability among the voters.
Bamidele said added to the foregoing was that, Egbeyemi is a bridge

between the old and young generation politicians in the state, describing this as another impetus to the chances of the party in the election.

“When you talk of Ekiti politics, Egbeyemi readily comes to mind. He was one of those that made politics looks meaningful to the younger generations in our dear, so this is not only strategic but a masterstroke to those of us who knew Egbeyemi’s values.

“Many of the young politicians of today took their interest through him. Also, those who are holding priceless positions in politics in Ekiti across party lines passed their tutelage under him, this makes his choice strategic, ingenious and pivotal to the success of our party.

“We appeal to our people to rally round Fayemi and Egbeyemi in this onerous task of salvaging the state from total ruin.

“The rescue and corrective mission Dr Fayemi is bringing on board is a collective task that must be accomplished for Ekiti of our dream to to be realisable as quickly as possible,” Bamidele stated.