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Ekiti 2022: Fayemi should show more respect to southern agitation ― Bamisile

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A governorship aspirant in Ekiti State and serving member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Bamisile, has told the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to respect the agitations of the people from the southern district on the candidate of the party for the June 18 election.

Bamisile appealed to Governor Fayemi to rectify the injustice being meted out to Ekiti South Senatorial District of Ekiti State being allegedly sidelined and prevented from producing the governor since the advent of democracy in 1999.

The Chairman, House Committee on the Federal Road Maintenance Agency(FERMA), promised to prioritise leadership and good governance, human capital development, agriculture, industrial growth, among others, as cardinal objectives of his administration, if elected governor.

Bamisile spoke on Thursday while declaring his intention to contest the 2022 governorship in the state under the banner of the All Progressives Congress at the party’s Secretariat in Ado Ekiti.

Stating that the issue of zoning can’t be downplayed, having assumed a national dimension, the former Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, said: “I want to appeal to you party leaders to listen to us on this issue of zoning.

“The Governor of Kaduna, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai wanted to contest as president, that was as at two years ago. But if you see him today, he has made a total U-turn, because he said the constitution does not stipulate zoning, but for the principle of fairness, equity and justice, that he would allow the South to take a shot.

“The Kaduna Governor was smart to learn from the mistake that happened to PDP in 2015, who reneged on the gentleman’s agreement by parties that power will rotate between the North and South. This is also in the constitution of many parties.

“I listened to Governor Fayemi about one and half weeks ago said that all the eight of us contesting for governorship are capable to govern Ekiti. We are not asking anybody to impose anyone, but you must be fair to the South, what is fair is fair. I believe in fairness.

“In fairness, Governor Fayemi is the best to have happened to Ekiti. The road from Ode-Omuo Ekiti has been abandoned for long, but he has tarred the road. The governor had done excellently well, but he needs to raise his respect by listening to this agitation from the South”.

The federal lawmaker stated that the task of making Ekiti move to the point of greatness is a continuous process that must be sustained, promising to build on the legacy of Governor Fayemi to lift the state higher than the current position.

Bamisile said under his leadership, what would be paramount to him is robust leadership and good governance, one that will be strong enough to tackle youth unemployment, insecurity, inject all-inclusive governance and prioritise human capital development.

“Under my leadership in Ekiti, I will restore peace and progress in place of insecurity and prosperity in place of poverty and show respect to all Ekiti persons regardless of status and political beliefs.

“I will diversify Ekiti economy using our potentials in agriculture like Chief Obafemi Awolowo did during the western region. In addition to this is the development of our human resources and our knowledge economy that was initiated by the present government to bring a radical change to our economy,” he said.

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