A former speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ekiti South Constituency II, Hon. Femi Bamisile, has supported the comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari, to be “ruthless” with ballot snatchers during elections was the most patriotic comment by the president.
Bamisile, who said the President did not ask security agencies to kill ballot snatchers, but noted that why should anybody, be thinking of snatching ballot boxes during the election.
Bamisile, who is a former speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, said the order attested to the fact that the All Progressives Congress, APC, led federal government and the leadership of the ruling party under Buhari had no plan to rig the February 23 rescheduled election.
He predicted that President Buhari and other candidates of the party would win in Ekiti by 80 percent in the Saturday elections.
Bamisile, made the comments in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital while interacting with newsmen yesterday said : “The president didn’t give a shooting order the way former President Olusegun Obasanjo gave a shoot at sight order against OPC when he was President.
“President Buhari only said those who snatched ballots will have themselves to blame. So, I stand hundred percent behind him on this order. We are not in the 19th century when things were absurd. It is a barbaric act for anyone to snatch ballot boxes.
Bamisile promised that if elected, he would join the vanguard of those federal legislators that will make laws for the good governance of the country.
He, said his utmost priority for the masses in his constituents would be bursary and scholarship awards to students, provision of facilities like ICT Library to aid learning and research and provision of employment for youths and empowerment for women groups to alleviate poverty in the state.
On the call by the APC national Chairman for the removal of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu over election postponement and over allegation that some Resident Electoral Commissioners had been bribed by PDP, Bamisile said the commission’s head may not be the problem but those around him.
“There are so many bad eggs in INEC but the way I see Prof Yakubu, isn’t a bad person. But as a leader, he must watch those around him who could smear his name by their conducts.
“But to make the job easier for INEC, politicians need to be more civil, patriotic and realize that the game is temporary, it doesn’t last forever. I appeal to Nigerians that we should have eagle eye on what is happening in Abuja and ensure that the coming polls are peaceful”.
Bamisile predicted that President Buhari enjoys cult-like followers in the North that will make him win the next election, in spite of the noise by opposition that the PDP had taken over the North.
“Forget about all the talks that his fame has waned, the President has a natural vote in the north. We will win this poll with not less than 4.7 million votes. When he contested on the platforms of ANPP and CPC, the least he ever got was 12m votes. Now that he had served and performed well, it will be more”, he said.