Ekiti gov: I won’t step down for anybody, says Bamidele
A former member of the House of Representatives and governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, Opeyemi Bamidele, has explained why he is the best for the state.
The former Commissioner for Information in Lagos State said his track records in public service put him in good stead ahead of any other governorship aspirant.
Bamidele also described the rumour that he had stepped down for the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, as laughable, saying there was no reason for him to quit when he was convinced that he had a good chance of clinching the party’s ticket.
He spoke in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday while meeting with the APC delegates drawn from the 13 wards in Ado Ekiti Local Government ahead of the May 5 governorship primary of the party.
Bamidele stated that with the assurances given by the APC National leader, Bola Tinubu, and the South-West bigwigs at a meeting held in Lagos on Friday, he had no reason to doubt the credibility of the process leading to the primary .
“It is laughable that people are saying I have stepped down for Fayemi. When the minister was in government, I disagreed with him even as a sitting governor. I was brought up to speak truth to power, not minding whose ox is gored.
“It surprises me that they didn’t say I was fronting for Segun Oni or Senator Gbenga Aluko, because I am close to all these people. But this is part of politics.
“I have traversed all the 177 wards and I am now visiting all the 16 local governments in search of delegates. At 54, if I want to step down, I won’t waste time, energy and money moving around. I will not even pretend in telling the public about it.
“Let me say that I am on the field, in the race and on Saturday we are looking forward to getting the ticket by the grace of God,” he added.
He appealed to the delegates to elect a candidate that had the acceptability of the people and clout to win the main election on July 14.
He said, “The APC needs an experienced person and someone with scientific understanding of what has gone wrong in Ekiti and how to resolve it.
“I have been a commissioner for over 10 years in the executive arm, I have been a member the House of Representatives and I am also a lawyer – which falls within the judicial arm.”