A member of House of Representatives and governorship aspirant on the platform of the Labour Party (LP) in Ekiti State, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, has assured the people of the state that his party would embrace issue-based campaign in the forthcoming election achieve sustainable peace before, during and after the election.
Bamidele, who represents Ado/Irepodun/Ifelodun Federal Constituency in the House, stated this at his residence in Iyin-Ekiti when he played host to the United States Consul-General in Nigeria, Mr Jeffrey Hawkins, who paid him a courtesy call.
While commending the Consul-general and the US Government over their concerns on the success of Ekiti and Osun State elections, Bamidele said such gesture had confirmed that the country is deeply interested in the affairs of the developing countries as well as the leading role the country is playing as the world super power.
He assured him that the next election in Ekiti State would be issue-based to prove that he has the scientific knowledge of the yearnings of the people and how best to meet them.
According to Bamidele, “Ekiti State is presently passing through a peculiar situation which our people believe needs critical interventions.
“I believe we have the capacity to provide good governance, to grow the economy and run all-inclusive government that will meet the yearnings of our people.
“I am not saying the people in government now have not done their best. They have tried. But the best anyone can give is his best. That
was why I went into coalition with some PDP and APC members under
Ekiti Bibire Coalition and took it to LP to move the state forward.
“This Coalition goes beyond winning an election, it will go ahead and do what is right with the mandate given to us to provide good leadership which our people can be proud of.
Hawkins, who was full of praise for Bamidele, disclosed that the
Ekiti State governorship election is critical to the 2015 general election, which he said had propelled the US to send the delegation to meet with all stakeholders in the election on the need to embrace peace.
The Consul-General revealed that the US is incurably committed to the conduct of free, fair and acceptable election in the state, saying this is possible if the stakeholders can play by the rules of the game.
Meanwhile, as the continuous voter’s registration (CVR) exercise enters the second day, a former Nigerian Ambassador to Canada and Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant in the state, Ambassador Dare Bejide, has accused members of All Progressive Congress (APC) of importing mercenaries from neighbouring states to have an edge over other parties.
He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to investigate the veracity of the allegations. Bejide, who spoke with journalists while monitoring the exercise, alleged that areas including Erijiyan-Ekiti, Igede-Ekiti among others, were some of the communities where the act was perpetrated.
According to him, it would be a great disservice to the people of the state for any politician to ambush the electoral process and use it to his own advantage at the expense of the citizens, saying the security must get to the bottom of the allegation.
He urged INEC not to discountenance the allegation and should not consider it mere political gimmick from members of the opposition.
He added that INEC “must know that it will be held responsible for whatever ill that mar the conduct of the Governorship election. So, it is expedient that it has to take very decisive action now.
“We heard from reliable sources that they are also mobilising underage to register. We are not going to tolerate this. INEC would have to be extra vigilant in this exercise.
“I also charge all members of the PDP across the units and wards to be watchful as the programme exercises.