By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
As the race to the, 2022 Ekiti Gubernatorial elections appears to have commenced in earnest,a member of the House of Representatives and aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC),Hon. Femi Bamisile, has joined eminent political gladiators across the State on agitations for power shift to the Ekiti South Senatorial District in the forthcoming administration.
Bamisile pointed out that the zone had not produced the governor since 1999, describing the demand by politicians of that extraction as “just, equitable and fair”.
The Lawmaker, who was a former Speaker in the State Assembly and current Chairman, House Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), spoke in Ado-Ekiti, on Sunday, while giving accounts of his stewardship as the representative of Emure/Gbonyin/ Ekiti East Federal Constituency .
Describing agitations for zoning as apt and just, Bamisile said : ” I am not basing my contest on zoning , but mainly on my plans for the people of Ekiti, this was despite the fact that I am from the South.
But what is fair is fair. In the federal, people are agitating that power should shift to the South because of gentleman’s agreement in APC . Why can’t this be replicated in Ekiti? I am part of those politicians backing power shift, which was basically for equity and fair- play”, Bamisile stated.
He, however warned against the repeat of what affected the party in Zamfara in 2019 general elections in the state.
The Lawmaker recalled that the questionable process of conducting the Party’s Congresses and governorship primaries triggered crisis among contending forces in Zamfara and led to the judicial upturning of the elections won by party representatives in the state.
Bamisile said: “Though, there are tendencies in Ekiti APC, nobody could deny that, but we are not divided . What is happening in APC will happen in every year preceding election year .
“But we held a Stakeholders’ meeting on Friday, July 2,2021, where our leader, Governor Kayode Fayemi assured that everybody will be involved in the coming congresses.
“I have made myself clear that the processes for the ward, local government and State congresses must be democratic. The idea of someone staying somewhere and concoct the list by proxy won’t work. Democracy should be allowed. We shouldn’t allow anything that can cause some people to be operating faction that can cause unnecessary litigation.
“We have to avert a repeat of what happened in Zamfara in 2019 where APC lost all positions it had won due to perceived illegalities and factional crisis”, he warned.
Bamisile assured that the crisis elicited by suspension of some Pro-Tinubu group called South West Agenda for 2023(SWAGA), will be resolved amicably by party leaders.
Giving accounts of his stewardship, Bamisile said he and others were instrumental to the allocation of N1.5 billion to Ekiti to rehabilitate the Federal 12 federal roads in the state in 2020 budget.
“Since 1999, Ekiti used to get highest budgetary allocation of N150 million for road rehabilitation, but it jumped to N1.5 billion in 2020, because we lobbied to get it done. All the 12 federal roads in Ekiti are getting attention today and works are ongoing on them.
“When the Efon-Aramoko bridge got collapsed at Erio Ekiti, I used my network with FERMA to ensure speedy reconstruction and a sum of N98 million was spent , likewise Ureje bridge along Ado-Ijan-Ikare road.
“Out of the N1.5b facilitated for road rehabilitation, we have ensured rehabilitation of Omuo -Alu in Kogi State, Omuo Oke -Ayedun -Ifaki road, which was awarded for N580 million, while Ikere-Akure road, has been awarded to Dantata Construction Company for N25b and I believe paucity of funds has been slowing down work on that road .
“We are very much concerned about aggressive road construction in Ekiti because kidnapping are done majorly on bad portions of roads and I believe that rehabilitation will help to checkmate that”.