NASS Polls: Why Big Politicians Failed – Ex Ekiti Speaker

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Immediate past Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State

By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

The former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Femi Bamisile, has said that influential politicians across the country  lost in the National Assembly elections”because some of them  took their people for granted.”

Bamisile said he won the election to represent Ekiti East/Gbonyin/Emure federal constituency  of the state owing to his ‎connection to the grassroots , saying : “any politician who takes
people for granted will be dealt with on the day of election”.

Former Governor Godswill Akpabio and Governor Abiola Ajimobi, were
among the influential politicians that had lost senatorial seats in
Akwa Ibom and Oyo State respectively.

He said aside from his connection with the people, that Governor Kayode Fayemi winning the July 14, 2018  governorship election, also swayed votes for the All Progressives Congress (APC)
National Assembly candidates in the state.

Bamisile, candidate of the APC defeated the incumbent federal
legislator and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Hon. Akin ‎Awodumila.

Speaking with journalists on his victory in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday,
Bamisile said he would make up for the incompetence of the present
occupant of the seat by ensuring that he attracts federal projects to
the constituency.

He said people decided to vote against the people because they didn’t f‎eel the dividends of democracy in the last four years.

The former Speaker added that he would partner with the state
government to bring radical improve to Ekiti in the areas of
infrastructure, youth and women empowerment and educational
advancements of the youths .

“Ekiti has its own peculiarity in terms of election, our governorship
is a staggered one. So, governor Fayemi winning the governorship
contest really helped us because the National Assembly had always toed t‎he line of governorship seat since 1999.

“Added to that was the fact that I have not occupied any political
position since 2011 when I left the State House of Assembly, so I used
this interregnum to fraternise with my people. I used the period to
integrate myself into the system better and the reward was what I got,‎because I won the three local governments in that federal
constituency.

“Politicians always  have erroneous impression that they are the major
players in politics, they thought they are up there above the people,
but the people are the major players because they determine our fates.

“So, the lesson of the fall of heavyweight politicians in the just concluded National Assembly elections was that, people can’t be taken f‎or granted, because the election day is always a day of reckoning”,he said.

Bamisile promised to use his contact as a federal legislator to call the attention of the Federal Government to the reconstruction of Ado-Ijan-Ikare road and Omuo-Isinbode –Ode –Agbado road, which he s‎tated were federal roads.

“I have been in the Assembly and that has given me a background in legislative duties. I know the pitfall and  I will leverage on that to bring dividends of democracy to our people, because the essence of
people electing you is to give them the gains of democracy”.

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