A member of the House of Representatives and a Labour Party (LP) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, Sunday wrote a letter to the state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, where he alleged that the governor and members of his cabinet constituted a major threat to the realisation of a free, fair and credible governorship poll in the state. Bamidele, in the letter copies of which were made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said it would be incredible to many sections of the state, the promise made by Fayemi on his New Year message that he would do all within his powers to prevent destruction of lives and property of the state citizens during the election, when same were being perpetrated on daily basis in the state. But, in a swift reaction, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, described Opeyemi’s allegations as an outburst of a liar and mischief maker. Bamidele in the letter said: “I have taken my time to read through your new year message of January 1, 2014 in which you, among other things, expressed your concern for security of lives and properties in the state while calling on all stakeholders, the people, the political elite, traditional rulers, to put all efforts to ensure Ekiti State records a free and fair 2014 election that would be a model to other states and a reflection of the honourable people that we are.” However, while doubt over the sincerity of the message, Bamidele said, how would “I and my constituents believe your professed commitment to protection of properties if I made statutory payments to the Signage Agency under your office to mount 16 billboards as an elected Representative to wish people who elected you and I into office a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on December 22, 2013 and, in less than 48 hours, thereafter, your political appointees had destroyed all of the billboards, while you conveniently looked away? “Or how can I and the two young widows and the children as well as relatives and kinsmen of late Folusho Ogundare, my supporter who was killed in a most gruesome manner on the street of Emure-Ekiti on November 3, 2013 and in respect of which nine members of your Excellency’s second term campaign team are still in police custody.” Also, Bamidele lamented the refusal to air paid advertorials and programmes due to what has been termed “order from above,” describing it as violation of known guidelines of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). He noted that this had, therefore, denied the populace of the needed information aside from government propaganda. Meanwhile, Oyebode, while describing Bamidele as either genuinely ignorant or deliberately mischievous, said it was important to say that his letter was a pot pourri of outright lies and deliberate distortion of issues. “Opeyemi Bamidele should be blamed for introducing violence to Ekiti politics and the rising tension. In the politics of Ekiti started immediately he joined the race with his penchant for importing thugs from Ondo State to cause mayhem in Ekiti. “He remains the greatest threat to the 2014 poll. But the good news is that the 2014 contest is about Ekiti Development and not about brigandage which the Opeyemi Bamidele and his gang represent. On the state’s debt, he said: “It is a well known fact that the state went to the capital market to raise a N25 billion bond in 2011, with a well structured repayment plan. About N12billion has been repaid, while the bond money was spent on regenerative projects and massive road construction which has put Ekiti on the league of developed states.” According to him, the Fayemi administration has demonstrated enormous transparency and accountability in the sourcing and disbursement of the bond money and the projects are there for all to see and feel.
Read Time:3 Minute, 18 Second