by Dare Lawal
The man who heads the Ekiti State Caucus at the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele, said on Tuesday that he is resigning from that position because he needs to concentrate fully on his ambition to become the governor of Ekiti State in 2014.
In a letter dated October 22 which he addressed to his state governor, Kayode Fayemi; the ex-governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu; the speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal; and the minority leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila; Bamidele, who is also chairman of the House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, said his resignation is with immediate effect.
According to him, “This resignation has become a cogent and compelling step for me to take at this time to enable me pursue, by the special grace and uncommon favour of Almighty God, my aspiration to be Governor of Ekiti State by the year 2014 based on my personal conviction and in response to the popular demand and clarion call of well-meaning Ekiti sons and daughters at home and in the Diaspora who believe that our dear state needs a critical intervention at this time so as not to become a failed state.”
To achieve his ambition, Bamidele who used to be a commissioner in the cabinet of former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, will come up against the Ekiti governor, Kayode Fayemi, who has been adopted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to run for reelection in 2014.
Bamidele said that he had to heed the call of the “violated children, the deserted youth, the disillusioned women, the unfulfilled civil and public servants, the neglected artisans, the jobless and under-employed men as well as the heart-broken elder statesmen and frustrated founding fathers who genuinely desire to see the emergence of a rallying point (across political and ideological divides) that would herald in a new and united Ekiti State where our past glory will be brought back from sabbatical; where integrity and strength of character, which is the hallmark of Ekiti personality, will be celebrated again; and where job creation, food security, law and order, as well as infrastructure and human capital development with high premium in health and education will be the utmost priority as the minimum agenda for good governance in compliance with global best practice standard.”
Bamidele did not resign from any of his other positions like chairman of the house committee which he heads.