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Ignoring power shift to South may be costly, Bamisile tells APC

By John Akubo (Abuja) and Ayodele Afolabi (Ado-Ekiti)
14 December 2021   |   3:02 am
A member of the House of Representatives and All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Mr. Femi Bamisile, has insisted that it would be a grave error for the party

Opeyemi Michael Bamidele,

Direct or indirect primary, Opeyemi Bamidele says his ambition unshaken

A member of the House of Representatives and All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Mr. Femi Bamisile, has insisted that it would be a grave error for the party to ignore the deafening agitation for power to shift to the southern zone of the state.

He said he was not rattled by the alleged endorsement of the immediate past Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Abiodun Oyebanji, by Governor Kayode Fayemi.

Bamisile said he remains one of the most experienced grassroots politicians in the state and that such endorsement, which he branded as “unpopular,” could not be a source of threat or worry to him.

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), said this in Ado-Ekiti yesterday while donating fertiliser worth N200 million to farmers across 177 wards in the state.

Bamisile, who used the occasion to speak about the Ekiti South Senatorial District agitation for zoning of the governorship ticket to the district, said it would be a dangerous mistake for the APC to ignore the deafening calls by members from the South.

He said: “I am not disturbed by any unpopular endorsement. I am a veteran in politics and one of the most experienced grassroots politicians in Ekiti politics. I know what politics entails.

“If the Nigerian populace is saying that after eight years of presidency in the North, power should return to the South, I see no reason why after 24 years of democracy in Ekiti, a particular zone is still being sidelined. This really baffles me.”

MEANWHILE, Chairman of Southern Senators Forum, Opeyemi Bamidele, has expressed confidence that Direct or Indirect primary, his ambition of becoming Ekiti State Governor in 2022 remains unshaken.

Bamidele, who stated this while the Ekiti Concerned Professionals presented the Expression of Interest Nomination cheque to him in Abuja, led by Lekan Ajisafe, said he was coming on board with something usual.

He said: “As to my own aspiration in Ekiti, I have no doubt that whether it is direct or indirect primary, 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 aspiration goes beyond pasting posters on the walls in Ekiti because I am a poster that is already posted on the minds of the people of the state.

“And I am looking forward to a very decent governorship race, a race that is popular, decent, driven by ideas and on issues and a race that is violence-free.”