A Governorship Aspirant of All Progressive Congress (APC), Senator Opeyemi Bamidele has vowed to fight with Principalities and Powers behind the APC Governorship primary election in Ekiti state which was conducted on last week Thursday .
Bamidele in a statement issued on the development vowed to take all necessary legal actions to test the viability of the results declared by the party in the January 27 primary in the state.
He posited that the alleged abrasion of democracy and brazen abridgement of the Electoral act in the election would be subjected to legal scrutiny via the party’s constitution and the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Chairman of Southern Senators Forum who thanked his teaming supporters in the state and his campaign team said that the process of conducting last election was hijacked, truncated, compromised and bastardised by those at the helm of affairs in the State, which he said is tantamount to a complete abuse of trust and leadership.
He insisted that “no election was held on January 27″, saying figures reeled out by the Committee were allegedly fabricated to suit a certain sinister purpose.
The statement reads in part,” I would like to thank our great party, the All Progressives Congress at all levels: the National , State, Local Government and Ward structures for their continued support and in ensuring the tenets of democracy are continuously entrenched in the political entities and governance of Ekiti State
“I would like to thank my teeming supporters, family, loving kinsmen, distinguished colleagues, friends, loved ones, my party elders and members of Team M. O. B., Destiny Helpers from all walks of life and the Think Thank Vision group for their unflinching support in our preparations for the gubernatorial Primaries scheduled to hold on Thursday, 27th January 2022.
“I, most specially, appreciate your acts of selfless service, commitment of resources, time and efforts to ensure victory for us at the primaries.
“However, rather unfortunately, the process of conducting these primaries was hijacked, truncated, compromised and bastardised by those at the helm of affairs in Ekiti State, which is tantamount to a complete abuse of trust and leadership.
“Judging from a critical assessment of our campaign strategy by positively reaching out to our people in all nooks and crannies of Ekiti State to push our progressive message, I had no doubt in my mind that we were coasting to victory had the process been transparent and fair.
“It is public knowledge that no primary election took place on Thursday, 27th January, 2022 but yet, rather disappointedly, results were announced based on concocted and fictitious vote counts.
“The underlining level of impunity, desperation and perfidy which characterized the entire rigging process was so much and thought be clouding that I was allotted 700 plus votes in a State wide gubernatorial primary election in a State where I had scored over Ninety Four Thousand votes in just one out of three Senatorial Districts to emerge as a Senator. This was less than three years ago and after then I had done much more to earn the confidence and greater love of the people through effective representation on the floor of the Senate as well as life touching empowerment programmes and constituency development projects. More specifically, the breakdown of the votes allotted to me indicated that I got 150 votes in Ado Ekiti, my beloved second home where I had recorded Twenty Eight Thousand votes out of the 42,000 votes that gave me the House of Representatives mandate way back in year 2011 to represent Ado / Irepodun-Ifelodun Federal Constituency.
“But we will remain resolute, strong, focused and faithful in the face of this impunity, total lack of regard for the electoral due process and executive rascality by a chosen few who were elected to represent the interests of Ekiti people.
“We are of course taking immediate steps within the confines of our party constitution and the law to seek redress for this blatant abuse of trust and due process by the State actors.
“So whilst on this quest to seek an amicable resolution to this impasse, I urge all to remain calm and prayerful that justice and truth will prevail for the benefit of the people of Ekiti.”
Bamidele added, “To the glory of God, I have fought quite a number of battles in my life based on my sense of indignation to injustice; but I had never been this resolved to stand up and challenge principalities and powers in utmost determination to defeat darkness and make the light of Ekiti and her people shine again. ”
It could be recalled that Bamidele and six others had withdrawn from the race, but going by the results declared by Governor Abubakar Mohammed Badaru -led APC Primary Election Committee, he garnered a total of 706 to emerge third, while the former Secretary to the State Government , Biodun Oyebanji got 101, 703, to become the party’s flagbearer.