Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has called for three days of
fasting and prayer for the All Progressives Congress (APC) former
governorship aspirant, Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele (MOB) and others
that were hit by bullets fired by a trigger happy policeman at the APC
secretariat on Friday.
The governor, who also directed the suspension of all open campaign
activities of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State for
three days, demanded that those found culpable in the invasion of the
State with illegal policemen that were involved in the shootings must
be brought to book.
In a statement issued on Sunday and signed by his Special Assistant on
Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose
said even though he was glad that Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele was responding
to treatment, it was necessary that Ekiti people should support him
and others with prayers.
“Our doctors can only try; it is only God that heals. Therefore, it is
important at this point for all of us in Ekiti to go to God in prayers
so that He can heal our brother and friend, Opeyemi Bamidele and
others who sustained injuries on Friday.
“At this point, it is immaterial the political party that he belongs
to, what is important is the life of an Ekiti son and I pray that God
will touch Opeyemi Bamidele with His healing hands.
“Most importantly, Opeyemi Bamidele is a man that I have great respect
for and since he has now been airlifted out of Ekiti for further
treatment elsewhere, all we can do is to pray for him,” the governor
While urging politicians in the State to shun violence, the governor
said the people should learn from the sad incidence and shun politics
“We must all shun violence and stop this mindset of coming to oppress
the people of Ekiti with federal might. Those planning violence must
be mindful of the fact that one can only know the beginning of
violence, not the end.”
He said the perpetrators of the shootings must be brought to book,
adding that “the matter must not be swept under the carpet just
because those involved are APC chieftains.”