Fayemi will win Ekiti governorship election, says Akeredolu


Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, on Friday, declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, would win the July 14 election in the Fountain of Knowledge.
Speaking at a reception for Fayemi in Ado-Ekiti, he urged the electorate to vote for him to enjoy dividend of democracy.
At the rally, APC chieftain, Mr Opeyemi Bamidele,  and an unidentified person, were shot.
The reception, which held at the APC secretariat in the Ekiti capital, had  attracted a large crowd of party supporters.
Akeredolu, Fayemi and  a former Minister of State, Works, Dayo Adeyeye, were  descending the stair case at the secretariat when a  policeman was said to have suddenly shot  into the air  to scare the surging crowd.
Bamidele was said to have been   shot  on the hand in the ensuing melee while the other victim was also hit.
The two victims were hurriedly conveyed  to an hospital where they are said to be under treatment.
APC spokesperson in the state, Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a statement described the incident as “ a clear case of assassination attempt.’’
He claimed that the gunman  had shot at Fayemi  and missed, with the bullet hitting Bamidele and the other victim.
But the police spokesman in the state, Caleb Chukwuemeka, said the command was still awaiting the report of the incident from its officers deployed to provide security at the reception.
Fayemi  and his entourage had earlier been received in Ikere Ekiti by a long convoy of vehicles and large crowd of party supporters, resulting in a  traffic snarl on the Ado-Ekiti –Akure road.
Addressing the crowd, Akeredolu  had applauded the party members for putting behind them the post-primary  crisis.
He said the huge crowd was indicative that the state had remained  a stronghold of APC.
“Fayemi has returned with full force to reclaim the land. He needs your support and this task shall be achieved in the mighty name of God,’’ he said.
Fayemi, in his response, said “ we are here to work for Ekiti and our party leaders and this we are going to do together because it is a collective responsibility.
“We are going to work with everybody, including those who just decamped to our party, because we are one big family in APC.
“We shall win by the grace of God. Our case was like the case of a ram who moved backwards  to garner more strength. We are here to rescue Ekiti and it is a task we must achieve.”
Adeyeye, who returned to the party  on Tuesday after 12  years in the PDP,  also said: “I have returned home and my mission is to ensure that we kill (Governor Ayo) Fayose politically by burying him.
“We shall mobilise well to achieve this task and by the grace of God, this is a must-win and must accomplished task for all of us.’’
Fayemi’s choice for deputy governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, was also in the entourage.


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