The All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has announced Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, a former House of Representatives member, as the Director-General of the APC Governorship Campaign Council in Ekiti State.
Fayemi, in a press conference in Ado Ekiti on Sunday shortly, made this known after the party inaugurated the State Campaign Council.
He said that the State Campaign Council, will work with the National Campaign Council chaired by Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu to ensure victory for the party at the July 14 poll.
Chairmen of the various committees in the State Campaign Council include Otunba Niyi Adebayo (Finance) Hon Femi Bamsile (Mobilisation Committee), Mrs Bisi Fayemi (Women Committee), Hon Omowumi Ogunlola (Welfare and Protocol), Mr. Biodun Fasakin (Legal Committee), Mr. Taiwo Olatunbosun (Media and Publicity), Mr. Alaba Abejide (Contact),
Dr Bayo Orire (Health), Mr. Femi Ogundare (Youth), Group Capt. Ropo Ayegbusi (Security) and Chief Awe (Special Purpose).
He revealed further that June 19 would be the date that campiagn would start fully, adding that on the 10th of July there would be a grand rally that would be graced by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Fayemi stated that about 130 towns and villages in the state would be reached to sell the development agenda the party has for the people, adding that many chieftain of the People democratic Party would joint the APC during the course of the campiagn.
Feyemi further refuted the news making the rounds that Bamidele had be flown abroad for treatment from the wound he sustained from gun shoot at the party secretariat on June 1., adding that he was with him still 1 am on Sunday morning.
Fayemi explained that Bamidele had been nominated for the position of campaign chief before the shooting incident and would remain in that position despite his present condition.
“We thank God that those injured during the last (shooting) incident are recuperating well and I want to emphasize that Hon. Bamidele is in Nigeria, he has not gone anywhere.
“Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele is still with Nigeria, I was with him this morning and he is fast recuperating well.
“He is well and recuperating and anytime he decides to leave Nigeria, we will share the information. He intends to be in Nigeria until the times he decides to leave.
“Hon. Bamidele has accepted to be the Director General of the Campaign and in his absence (for now), the Deputy Director General will carry on with the work in collaboration with the party.”
He added that his team were going from door to door to canvass for votes, as interest groups were been met to ensure that they get the supports of these groups.
: “We have an intelligence that some individuals were planning to cause mayhem in the course of the electioneering but expressed confidence in the security agencies to deal with any situation that may arise.”
Fayemi gave a commitment on behalf of his party to run a peaceful campaign while calling on security agencies to protect party members against any form of attack.
“Security agencies met with our chairman and chairmen of other parties and we have furnished them with the intelligence of a plot to wreak violence.
“We believe our security agencies will do everything possible to prevent outbreak of violence. During our campaigns, we will continue to receive members from the opposition party (PDP).
“Senior figures (In PDP) will keep decamping to our party and we will continue to receive them. It will be clear to you that by the time the process ends, no one will be left in the PDP.
“As far as we are concerned in APC, we remain united and intact and every aspirant has donated one thing or the other including vehicles and their men to the campaign.” he added.