An All Progressives Congress, APC, gubernatorial aspirant and member of the Seventh House of Representatives, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, has said that his administration as governor of Ekiti State would not waste time to probe the financial dealings of the past governors if elected governor in the July 14 gubernatorial election.
The governorship hopeful stated that the transformation of the socio-economic facets of Ekiti would be his ultimate priority, and not the highly distractive and pedestrian financial probe that could derail even his own administration.
Bamidele, a former commissioner is one of the 35 aspirants scrambling for the gubernatorial ticket of the APC in the July 14 governorship election in the Fountain of Knowledge.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti during an interaction parley with some party leaders under the aegis of Ekiti Rights Group, who came to endorse his ambition, Bamidele said he would treat previous governors of the state with utmost respect and dignity, regardless of which political parties produced them as governors.
He said, “I will give former Governors Kayode Fayemi, Segun Oni, Ayo Fayose and Otunba Niyi Adebayo the respect they deserve.
“I won’t be doing that just for the sake of their personalities, but for Ekiti people.
“Though, I am averse to looting of the treasury, but Ekiti needs peace at this point. It needs cohesion and political stability for a governor to deliver.
“Ekiti people have suffered enough and what they need now is a good and transformational leader. To me, I won’t be part of any probe, I will rather focus on governance than devoting my precious tenure to fight political battles.”
Adding that “it has always been my glowing desire to serve where I can be held accountable for my actions,” Bamidele disclosed that he has a blueprint he believed can transform Ekiti, if given the opportunity.
“I served as a member of the House of Representatives and my records remain unblemished and enviable till now. People could rate me based on what I was able to do as a federal legislator.
“It is on the basis of my wondrous and meritorious service to the people of Ado Ekiti/Irepodun-Ifelodun federal constituency that I was encouraged to contest as a governor and this had tremendously been helping to lubricate all rough edges in the pursuit of my governorship ambition,” he noted.
Bamidele promised to reenact the avowed belief in free and quality
education, rural development, free health services and job creation,
of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, to take Ekiti to an enviable
height, both in social and economic spheres.
Promising to revamp moribund industries in Ekiti, including the Orin
Farm settlement, the Ire Burnt Brick Industry, ROMACO industry in
Igbemo, Ikun Dairy Farm, among others, to create enabling environment
for the springing of viable industries that can serve as launch-pads
for the state’s economy, the former member of the House of
Representatives added, “I am not going to stop at that, our wasting
rolling hills in Efon, the Arinta Waterfall, the Ikogosi Warm Spring
shall be developed to international standards, so that Ekiti can
become a tourism hub, like Saudi Arabia and Israel.”
He also appealed to the APC to conduct free, fair and credible primary
election, that can ensure peace among all the aspirants to enable the
party muster enough strength to prosecute the ‘must-win’ titanic
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