Ekiti 2018: Ex Reps Member Joins Guber Race, Says Rift With Fayemi Settled

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

As the Ekiti 2018 Gubernatorial  poll draws near, a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele has joined the arrays of Governorsjp hopefuls on the platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Ekiti State and said he has settled differences with ex-Governor of the state,Dr. Kayode Fayemi  to be able to triumph in the July 14, 2018 governorship poll.

Bamidele urged he  APC leaders to field an experienced person to fly the party’s flag for the governorship election, rather than a neophyte, who would assume office and start disgracing the party with poor performance.

The former commissioner said he is a thorough-bred technocrat,who has traversed every arm of government as a commissioner, a federal parliamentarian and  lawyer, who was well groomed for the coveted seat.

Bamidele said these  on Thursday while declaring for the governorship seat  in his ward at  his country home,Iyin- Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun local government area of the state  , where he also unveiled his blueprint dubbed:‘Manifesto of Brighter  Future for Ekiti’,  encapsulating his mission
and vision for the state .

He was received by the chairmen of  the two wards in the town, Hon.
Opeyemi Ogundele and Hon. Adeuyi Folorunso, respectively.
Bamidele told the party members that he had settled rift with the
Minister of Mines and Steel Development and former governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

“God in his own way has settled my differences with Dr. Fayemi, so no
more crisis and segregation. We are all one. There are no groups
called Bibire or JKF, we are one APC and that we shall continue to
exploit to rescue Ekiti from  the  dungeon of economic doldrums”.

Unveiling the contents of the manifesto,Bamidele stated that the
blueprint consists of programmes that would proffer solutions to the
hydra-headed socio-economic problems pummeling the state due to bad governance brought to the fore by the present government.

“With what is happening today in Ekiti, it was clear and evident that
the State is in pain and in dire need of a leader that has scientific
understanding of what governance is all about  to redirect us  to the
path of a sustainable and viable Ekiti .

“I understand governance and I know that there are three arms , which are: Executive ,Judiciary and legislature. I have garnered
experiences in all the facets  and  I have grown through the gamut to
reach where I am today.

“In the executive arm, I served for 11 years in the government of
Lagos State as Special Adviser and Commissioner and our records are
there. I was elected as a member of House of Representatives in 2011
and this  imbued me with deep knowledge of the legislature. And as a lawyer, I have practised as a Minister in the temple of justice for 26 years.

“I have executed  programmes of government, I have made laws for the nation and I have helped in building a virile judicial arm, these make me a complete person and I can proudly say that I am the best for the job for no governor in the history of Ekiti had ever got this
experience before election”.

Elaborating more on the manifesto, Bamidele said he was the first
aspirant to unveil his blueprint for Ekiti before formal declaration,
describing this as not only outstanding but novel in the state’s
political trajectory  since the advent of democracy in 1999.

Assuring that the blueprint was scientifically structured to meet  to
Ekiti needs,Bamidele said: “Our projection is to make Ekiti the food
basket of our dear nation, because we have good  soil  and climatic
conditions that  favourably put us  in a good stead to feed our
nation.

“In this blueprint, we have ways to harness  our mineral deposits in
all parts of Ekiti, we have programmes for civil servants, teachers,aged people, youth and social development, Sports Development that explained vividly how sports has become a science, robust health programmes and conscious human capital development schemes to make
Ekiti great.

“I am a lawyer with network of people  both locally and internationally,I have them across the globe. I will bring all these to the to the disposal of Ekiti  people”, he added.

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