Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Senator Smart Adeyemi, The Director general, GYB/CEDO Campaign Council , has said that the time he spent practicing journalism rising to become two term president have strengthened him up and prepared him for the challenges of facing his court ordered senatorial rerun as well as heading the campaign council of Governor Yahaya Bello.
Adeyemi disclosed this while speaking on Wednesday in Lokoja shortly after granting audience to the officials from the British Embassy who paid him a visit and to assess the level of preparedness for the November 16 elections.
The Kogi governorship have been scheduled by INEC to hold the same day with the senatorial rerun election
Adeyemi had always maintained his readiness for any day chosen by INEC.
He said that he was satisfied with the decision of the Independent Electoral Commission to conduct the elections on the same day.
Asked if he will be able to remain the DG campaign to Governor Bello when he will also be standing for his Senatorial election Adeyemi said “As a journalist with many years experience behind me and being a two term president of the the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ,I am well equipped to face the challenges. For instance I have been coming to Lokoja everyday from Abuja in the last two weeks,do I look tired?A journalist never get tired, I am up to the task.”
He said that it is cheaper for both political parties and INEC to deploy resources towards conducting the elections on the same day.
The former law maker had secured a court ordered rerun of senatorial election after loosing to Senator Dino Melaye in the last general election.
He will be seeking a return to the red chamber for a third term after INEC had fixed November 16 date alongside the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.
He said that the people of Kogi west known his antecedent and as their two term representative in the red chamber and would not need further introduction because his record would campaign for him.
He however expressed concern about the Opposition parties especially the peoples democratic party,PDP not campaigning nor engaging APC ahead of the elections.
” The silence could either mean that they are planning mayhem alor that they don’t have anything yo tell the people. ” he noted.