Days after he was shot by police at Fayemi’s campaign, Bamidele gets appointment ahead of Ekiti election
Kayode Fayemi, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the July 14, election in Ekiti state, on Sunday, June 10, confirmed he had appointed Opeyemi Bamidele as the director general of his campaign council.
The appointment is coming days after Bamidele was shot by a policeman at the campaign rally for Fayemi.
The former minister, who described the shooting as unfortunate, reportedly confirmed the appointment on Sunday, June 10, and added that there was need to retain the party chieftain, having consented to serve in that capacity before the horrible twist at the rally.
The APC candidate reportedly made the announcement after inaugurating his Ekiti state campaign council that will work with that of the national body, led by Kebbi governor, Atiku Bagudu.
This Day reports that Fayemi denied claims that Bamidele had been flown to London for medicare, describing the media report as false and unfounded.
“Hon Bamidele has not been flown abroad, he is still in Lagos. I was with him till 1am today (Sunday). He is recuperating here in Nigeria and if there is need to take him abroad, we will tell the public.
“But let me state here that we are still retaining his position as the director general of this council, because he had already accepted to be DG of this council before that incident,” he said adding that the national body of the party would flag off the campaign in Ekiti on June 19, while this would be capped up by a rally to be led by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 10.
“Let me state here that the shooting incident should not be seen as a pointer to what will happen on July 14 election. We are committed to peaceful election and the security has assured us that they will be alive to their responsibilities.
“The intelligence report we got that the PDP was plotting to cause violence of various forms in every part of the state has been shared with security agencies and they are working on it.
“We are happy that every contestant, I mean the governorship aspirants, is contributing to our campaign, so APC is intact and united. They are all eager to work for the victory of our party in this election.
“Unlike PDP that is disunited, you could see that Prince Dayo Adeyeye has formally joined us. Others will be joining us one after the other and before the election, Governor Ayodele Fayose will be alone,” he said.
The campaign council is made of Hon Bamidele (director-general), Otunba Niyi Adebayo (finance), Hon Femi Bamsile (mobilisation committee), Bisi Fayemi (women committee), Hon Wunmi Ogunlola (welfare and protocol), Hon Biodun Fasakin (legal committee), Alaba Abejide (contact), Bayo Orire (health), Femi Ogundare (youth), Group Capt Ropo Ayegbusi (security) and Chief Awe (special purpose).