Ekiti 2014: As lawmaker, I attracted 89 projects – Bamidele
By Julius Toba Jegede
Governorship candidate of Labour Party in Ekiti State Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele has disclosed how he influenced almost ninety federal projects into the state as a federal lawmaker.
He disclosed this Thursday during the continuation of his rally across Ijero Local Government Area of the state.
Justifying his governorhsip ambition, Bamidele revealed that the projects were drawn to towns and villages under his Irepodun/Ifelodun/Ado Ekiti federal constituency between and 2014.
He listed Ado Ekiti, Igede Ekiti, Iyin Ekiti, Afao Ekiti, Are Ekiti, Igbemo Ekiti, Iropora Ekiti, Eyio Ekiti, Awo Ekiti and Iworoko Ekiti as beneficiaries of his quality representation in the House of Representatives from June 6th, 2011.
According to the candidate, the projects included primary health centres, solar-powered motorised boreholes, rural electrification projects and distribution of power transformers. He also listed skills aquisation centres, youth empowerment programmes, among other projects he attracted.
Bamidele noted that these projects were outside the one he personally funded such as scholarship scheme and intervention supplies. He added that several other needs have also been met by his special Fund Management Committee which currently draws his monthly salary as a lawmaker.
He said, “It is on record how well I have represented my people and served them well in my previous offices. Even now as a member of the House of Representatives, I have brought home a total of eighty nine life-changing projects to the people of Irepodun/Ifelodun/Ado Ekiti federal constituency”
“In 2012 alone, I brought home 33 federal projects and these include primary health Centres to cater for health needs of our women and children. In 2013, I came with 27 projects and in 2014, I have initiated another 29 projects for my people totalling 89 in over three years”
“Also, whenever I spoke about my decision not to collect salary if elected as a governor, some people see this as strange. To the glory of God, in the House of Representatives where I'm today a member, I have not collected my salary. Urgent needs of my constituents are being met daily by a special committee that looks after the fund accrued to it”
“All these claims are verifiable because prominent Ekiti sons and daughters including traditional rulers are members of the committee. I promise Ekiti people to do more than these if given a bigger chance in governance,” affirmed the candidate.
He urged people of the area to vote for him on June 21st thereby allowing them to enjoy more dividends of democracy under him as a governor.
Oba Olanrewaju Adebanji Adeleye the Olukoro of Ikoro Ekiti who received the crowd at his palace urged all politicians vying offices to be of good conduct and allow peace to reign during and after the election.