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Oni, others won’t sabotage Fayemi’s victory, Bamidele declares


Opeyemi Michael Bamidele,

Director General of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Opeyemi Bamidele, has declared that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), including former governor Segun Oni and his group, would work to ensure Fayemi’s victory.

His media assistant, Ahmed Salami, who said this in a statement in Ado Ekiti yesterday, said Oni was linked to a litigation purportedly filed in Abuja seeking to nullify Fayemi’s victory at the party’s primaries.

He had allegedly accused Fayemi of failing to resign as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria before the primaries, in line with the party’s constitution and guidelines.


Bamidele said he has no reason to doubt Oni and his commitment to Fayemi’s victory in the upcoming election, and dismissed allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the APC had sidelined those who defected to it, including former Minister of Works, Dayo Adeyeye.

He denied that the APC was suspicious in its relationship with the converts, describing the allegation as a lie from the pit of hell, coming from demented minds.

He said: “We are not ruling out the possibility of people having some ill-feelings about certain issues in our party. But that should not degenerate to the level where people could act as fifth columnists in their own party.

“Ekiti APC is not immune from crisis, just like every other party, because we have diverse backgrounds, even as temperaments also differ in the way we handle issues.”

Bamidele stressed that the party’s doors are wide open to entertain complaints and settle them in the interest of everybody.

He declared that this is not the time to suspect anyone unduly, but to act as one big family, and prevent others from hiding under the social media to break its ranks.

“As the leader of Fayemi’s campaign for this election, we are ready to work with everybody.

“We urge leaders of all committees working within the campaign structures, to be receptive to everybody and refrain from acts that could lead to rancour and polarisation before the election,” he said.

The director general explained that Fayemi had in his address after clinching the party’s ticket, displayed humility by pledging his readiness to work with all groups.

He added that he had also visited other 32 co-contestants, which prevented the widely envisaged defections of bigwigs in the APC.

Bamidele said the APC would not go into the election with divided mind, but to win, adding that its members would contribute to the expected victory.
He promised Adeyeye, who facilitated the defections of some PDP members, that the party would not discrimination against them.

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