Bamidele cautions Fayemi on Ekiti poll

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Chairman, House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, Opeyemi Bamidele, has cautioned the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to stop attributing his loss at the June 21 governorship election to his refusal to distribute money and bags of rice to the electorate.

According to him, “stomach infrastructure” theory advanced by the governor’s team could send a wrong signal about the Ekiti people to the outside world.

Bamidele, in a statement by his media aide, Ahmed Salami, in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, said the theory was unfounded as it did not influence the electorate against him.

He said prior to the election, Fayemi distributed over 200 buses among different interest groups while his wife, Bisi, distributed buses, sewing machines and several other equipment to induce market women.

Bamidele, who contested in the election on the platform of the Labour Party, said some self-serving intellectuals and politicians misled Fayemi and that cost him the victory recorded by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, in the election.

He added that the poll remained the best conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission in recent times, although not absolutely devoid of hitches

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