- Ex-House of Representatives member, Opeyemi Bamidele, has returned to Nigeria
- He was flown out of the country after sustaining gunshot wounds during the campaign for the 2018 Ekiti governorship election
- Bamidele, who expressed gratitude to God for saving his life, says he is happy to be back home
Opeyemi Bamidele who is a human rights activist and a former member of the House of Representatives has thanked Nigerians as he returned from the US following medical treatment.
The activist was shot in the heat of the Ekiti gubernatorial campaign.
The Punch reports that Bamidele returned on Thursday, August 30. He expressed delight in Kayode Fayemi’s victory at the polls saying the people now have better leadership.
He said: “I am happy to be back home, and I want to express gratitude to God and my family, friends and associates that have shown love to me during the period of my trial after the unfortunate incident.
“I am very grateful to the people of Nigeria and Lagos State for the love they have shown, even the sons and daughters of Ekiti State, they have all been wonderful.
“What is important today is to give glory to God, and to thank all the people that God used to pay for my hospital bills, to fly me out of Nigeria, visit me in London and the United States and to ensure that I got the best rest and treatment."
Bamidele promised to address Nigerians on why they should vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
He said: “The understanding all of us must have is that President Buhari may not have done what he did in the last few years if not for corruption fighting back, most of the things we are seeing in the country now are organised response by people who feel his administration has not allowed them to do what we have known them for in this country.
“Nigerians need to be resolute in their bid to re-elect Buhari at the centre in 2019. It will be the beginning of new things and Nigerians will be happy for it.
NAIJ.com had reported that Opeyemi Bamidele, the director general of the Kayode Fayemi campaign council, urged members of the public to ignore rumours that he has died.
He made the appeal in a statement issued by his media aide, Ahmed Salami, in Ado Ekiti, on Monday, July 16, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com notes that Bamidele has been receiving treatment in a London Hospital for the past six weeks, after he sustained gunshot wounds caused by mishandling of a firearm by a policeman during a rally organised for Fayemi.
According to Bamidele, the rumour was being spread to turn Ekiti into a battle ground and tune out the euphoria from Fayemi’s gubernatorial victory.
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