Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi has said the member representing Irepodun-Ifelodun Constituency and leader of the State Caucus in the House of Representatives, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, is free to contest the 2014 governorship election.
Bamidele’s declaration of his ambition to contest the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), now All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial ticket against the incumbent did not go down well with chieftains of the party including Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, who publicly gave his blessings to Gov. Fayemi’s re-election bid come 2014.
However, Fayemi, in a statement yesterday by his media aide, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, advised the federal lawmaker to pursue his ambition within the limits of the laws.
Fayemi was reacting to last Thursday’s disruption of a pro-Bamidele rally in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital by the police which the lawmaker blamed the governor of instigating.
The governor said over 10 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirants had declared their interest to vie for the governorship election in the state and none of them was molested by the government.
While taking exception to Bamidele’s allegation that the government was behind the disruption of his rally, Gov. Fayemi noted that it was “strictly a police affair.”
The state police command had while justifying its disruption of the rally, said it contradicted “Section 99 of the 2010 Electoral Act (as Amended) which forbids political campaigns 90 days before election.”
Gov. Fayemi further added that it was the responsibility of the police to determine actions and situations that could cause a breach of peace and safeguard the country.
The statement reads: “A lot of misrepresentations have been peddled in the media about the events of last Thursday and it is important to state clearly that the governor has no plan to stop Bamidele or anybody from declaring interest in the governorship election.
“It is on record that over 10 aspirants have made public declaration of their interest in the race and none of them was harassed for doing so. If the police have an issue with Bamidele’s approach, the most honourable thing for him to do is to comply with the laid-down procedures, instead of resorting to the blame game and name calling.
“Ekiti remains one of the most peaceful states in the country and the cooperation of all is needed to sustain the peaceful atmosphere and the tangible development across the state.”
Meanwhile Bamidele has insisted that he would not be intimidated into withdrawing from the race not after the “show of solidarity” by Ekiti people with his aspiration.
According to him, “We have passed the stage of contemplating withdrawal from the race. As far as I am concerned, the declaration was perfectly done. I had my own programme, but God had His own. My opponents also used their own programme to further announce me. When you enjoy the favour of God, even your enemies will announce you. I experienced that on Thursday and I give God all the glory.”
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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