- Ex-gov Adebayo, Mrs Fayemi on campaign list
By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for theÂ July 14Â election in Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi,Â on SundayÂ announced ailing Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele as the director general of his campaign Council.
Fayemi, described the event leading to the shootingÂ of Bamidele last week during a stampede at the APC secretariat in Ado Ekiti as very unfortunate, saying there was need to retain the party chieftain, having consented to serve in that capacity before the horrible twist at the rally.
Bamidele and five others wereÂ shot by a policeman who mishandled his rifleÂ during a mob actionÂ 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, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, for the success of the party in theÂ July 14Â 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.
â€œHon Bamidele has not been flown abroad, he is still in Lagos. I was with him tillÂ 1amÂ today (Sunday). He is recuperating here in Nigeria and if there is need to take him abroad, we will tell the public.
â€œBut 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 incidentâ€.
He said the National body of the party will flag off the campaign in Ekiti onÂ June 19Â while the grand finale that will be led by President Muhammadu Buhari will holdÂ 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 partyâ€™s acceptability to gain more traction among the electorate.
â€œLet me state here that the shooting incident should not be seen as a pointer to what will happen onÂ July 14Â election. We are committed to peaceful election and the security has assured us that they will be alive to their responsibilities.
â€œThe intelligence report we got that the PDP was plotting to cause violence of various formsÂ in every part of the state has been shared with security agencies and they are working on itâ€.
Fayemi said the party had been receiving defectors from the PDP in recent time, saying those that will join the APCÂ in one week
time will shock the state.
â€œWe are happy that every contestant, I mean the governorship aspirants, is contributing to our campaign, so APC is intact and united. They are all eagerÂ to work for the victory of our party in this election.
â€œUnlike PDP thatÂ is disunited. You could see that Prince Dayo Adeyeye has formally joined us. Others will be joining us one after the other and before the election, Governor Ayodele Fayose will be aloneâ€.
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, Chief 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),Otunba Niyi Adebayo(Finance), Hon Femi Bamsile (Mobilisation Committee), Mrs Bisi Fayemi (Women Committee), Hon Wunmi Ogunlola (Welfare and Protocol), Hon Biodun Fasakin (Legal Committee), Mr Alaba Abejide (Contact),Â Dr Bayo Orire (Health), Femi Ogundare (Youth), Group Capt. Ropo Ayegbusi (Security) and Chief Awe (Special Purpose).