A leading governorship aspirant of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, has said he has remained commitment to the growth of the party both at the state and national level.
Bamidele who recently concluded consultations across the 16 local government chapters of the APC in the state and is set to meet all critical stakeholders at the ward level said his moral and financial obligations to the APC has never been in doubt.
He recalled that he took care of the party when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in charge of the state for seven and half years between May 29, 2003 till October 16 , 2010 when Governor Kayode Fayemi was sworn in.
He said, “I paid the rent of the building housing the party secretariat for more than seven years and during the Yuletide, annually, I did make provision for welfare packages in terms of food stuff and gift items which are usually distributed across the 16 local governments in the state.
“On various occasions, I had also paid the rent of various local government secretariats of our dear party across Ekiti State.
“It was also in the course of my service to our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the Director-General of the Kayode Fayemi campaign organisation that the ghastly shooting incident of June 1, 2018 happened to me but we thank the Almighty God for saving my life to survive the incident.
“Between 2000 and 2002, I served as the National Director of Publicity of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and have also deployed my God-given talents, professional skills and wealth of experience in the service of our dear party from AD to AC, ACN and APC.
“While I was aspiring for Senate in 2010, my friends and I had the privilege to donate seven new buses to our dear party (the defunct ACN) in Ekiti State.
“As a thorough bred party chieftain and grassroots mobilizer, I know how to take good care of our party, our leaders, stalwarts and teeming members and this shall not be at the detriment of Ekiti people’s growth and development.
“Ekiti people are waiting to vote for me; what I need is the ticket of our dear party to coast home to victory as APC governorship candidate in June 2022.”
Bamidele, however, appealed to other aspirants to ensure that their campaigns are issues-based and violence-free.
“Our party must remain united and be careful about what we say about each other because of primary election. At the end of the day, opposition parties will be waiting to cash in on that.
“It is important for us to run a campaign that is scientific; a campaign that is violence-free; a campagn that is driven by issues and promises that we will be able to fulfill, most importantly victory of our party should be our focus,” he said.