A former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assemblies, Olufemi Bamisile, has urged the delegates billed to vote in the All Progressives Congress’s (APC) forthcoming primary election in the state to resist the temptation to be influenced by monetary inducement while casting their votes.
Bamisile, also a governorship aspirant under the platform of the APC, gave the charge during a recent interaction with journalists in the state where he advised the delegates to use their votes wisely if they desire the party to upstage the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state’s governorship election coming up later in the year.
He also made a case for choice of a candidate from the southern senatorial zone which was yet to produce a governor since the state was created from the old Ondo State more than 30 years ago.
While arguing that the APC needs a strong and well established candidate to effective challenge Governor Ayodele Fayose, who he described as a grassroots politician, Banisile said opting for a deep-pocket over an equally versatile politician would spell doom for the APC in the election.
“I have always been an open minded person when it comes to the issue of zoning. Even when I know that there is no constitutional backing for it but people from the South have been disenfranchised since the creation of our state. But as it is now, the issue has gone beyond zoning. We don’t have control over that, I won’t lie to you.
“We can only appeal to the conscience of the delegates. If the delegates now want to sell their conscience for money, at the expense of winning the general election, they should know that the biggest spender may not be the best candidate. What we should look at now is how to dislodge the monster that we have as governor.
“ Fayose as much as we hate him, is grounded in Ekiti State politics. So, we need someone who is acceptable, who know the nook and cranny of the state to actually take over the leadership of the party. So, when someone is saying the persons who have money, Ekiti people are not like that, they have cultures and values. I am sure they won’t sell their conscience. Let people bring their money; I am sure they (electorates) would take it and do their wishes.”
Also commenting on the declaration of interest in the race by the Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Bamisile said as much as he was not averse to the former Governor’s exercising his constitutional rights, he would rather advise that he does not leave certainty for uncertainty.
“For me I am going to this race to earn respect for myself. I am not really bothered about anybody contesting with me because I know it is not going to be a one horse race. I won’t be the only one contesting this election. I have not really bothered about the character of the persons contesting with me. I am focusing on the delegates.
“If you don’t forget, I have been in the race for about three and half years. I have been Campaigning from house to house sensitizing and galvanizing support for the party. For me, he is exercising his constitutional right anyway. Yes, people are saying that he should not have entered the race as a Statesman, but the truth is, he has to probe his conscience to do what he did. But if I were in his shoe, I won’t have left certainty for uncertainty.”