- A former member of House of Representative has indicated his interest for Senate
- During a community tour, Bamidele said his Senate ambition is not a do-or-die affair
- He also added that his commitment is on how to bring dividends of democracy to his people
Opeyemi Bamidele, a former member of the House of Representative, has said that he represents the ideology of democratic politics, adding that his senatorial ambition will never be wheeled on the trajectory of political desperation.
In a reports available in the nation, Bamidele, who was a governorship aspirant during the 2014 Ekiti gubernatorial election, reiterated that he has paid his lots to his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and it is high time he moved the train of his political career to the Senate.
He said this during a tour of communities in Ekiti West and Efon local government areas on Monday, September 24, to consult with elders of his communities.
In his speech, Bamidele also stated that his ambition to represent the people of Ekiti Central senatorial district is borne out of a goodwill to bring active representation and democratic dividends to his people.
NAIJ.com gathers that the former commissioner of information in Lagos was at Erijiyan, Ikogosi, Ipole-Iloro and Efon Alaaye, where he was endorsed as the “best candidate to represent the district at the Senate”.
He said: “Let me thank the people of Ekiti West and Efon for their love. In 2010, when I was vying for the Senate, I came here and you voted for me in our primary. But our leaders said I should step down for another candidate in the spirit of unity, which I gleefully obliged.
“Now, our party leaders, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and Dr Kayode Fayemi inclusive, have spoken with one voice. They had made consultations and gave Ekiti South senatorial ticket to Prince Dayo Adeyeye and the Ekiti Central to me to appreciate our contributions.
“The consensus arrangements made other contestants in the five local government areas to step down. But only one person, Mrs Rasaki Raji-Rasaki, refused. Mrs Raji-Rasaki joined this party on July 9, 2018, few days to the governorship election.
“I harbour no hatred against her; she is also a party woman. If all of you are ready to support me, what else could I do?
“They stopped me from going to the Senate in 2011, but I want to assure you, that won’t happen this time. Be resolute in your support for me and victory shall be ours in the end.”
He was praised by chieftains of the party who described him as a loyal son of the soil.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that former president Olusegun Obasanjo, had on Sunday, July 15, written to the winner of the governorship election in Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, congratulating him on his victory in the exercise held on Saturday, July 14.
Obasanjo in his letter saluted the doggedness of the former minister and described him as a good ambassador of democracy.
He wrote: “Indeed, your success at the polls after a hard fought campaign is proof that the people of Ekiti state value your leadership and appreciate the efforts you have made thus far on their behalf."
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