Kayode Fayemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the July 14 Ekiti governorship election, has appointed Opeyemi Bamidele, a former commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos state, as the Director-General of his campaign.
Fayemi announced this at a press conference held at the Ekiti APC secretariat in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The former Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals said Bamidele had agreed in principle to serve as his campaign manager before he was shot at an APC campaign rally in Ado-Ekiti recently.
He also debunked stories making the rounds that Bamidele had been flown abroad for further treatment, insisting that he is still receiving treatment at an undisclosed private hospital in Lagos.
He said, “I am glad to inform you that Bamidele had accepted to serve as Director General of our campaign before the unfortunate shooting incident and we have decided to retain him. I want to also clarify that Bamidele is still in Lagos and he has not been flown abroad.”
Fayemi, a former governor of Ekiti state, also expressed concerns over the safety of his campaign team and hoped that the shooting incident would not be a sign of things to come ahead.
“I hope what the shooting incident on June 1 at our party office is not a pointer to what happen in the nearest future. This is because we had intelligence report that some people are planning to cause mayhem across the state and we had shared the information with the security agencies,” Fayemi said.
Newsbreak.ng recalls that Bamidele, who was shot alongside five others at a reception rally organised for Fayemi, at the APC state secretariat in Ado Ekiti on June 1, was flown to the United Kingdom on Friday night.
Fayemi’s statement, however, contradicts that of Ahmed Salami, Bamidele’s media aide, who confirmed that his principal was flown abroad for further treatment.