…With Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele joining Labour Party, Ekiti State gubernatorial election in 2014 promises to go to the wires given the influence and political prowess of Olusegun Mimiko which stopped the Action Congress in Ondo Guber race …
Former Leader of the Ekiti State Caucus at the House of Representatives and Chairman House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, Opeyemi Bamidele, in October resigned from his position citing the desire to concentrate fully on his ambition to become the Governor of Ekiti State in 2014 as his primary reason.
In the letter which had copies made to ex-Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal; and the Minority Leader of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, he went further to say it was informed by his 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.
Now in what looks like a sequel, he has consequently jettisoned APC for Labour Party (LP) and officially declared his intention to contest the 2014 governorship election on the platform of the Labour Party and among other things apologised to the people of Ekiti for recommending a wrong person to them in 2007.
According to him, the choice of the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi was wrong.
Opeyemi made this statement while delivering his speech in a rally organised by the Labour Party to inaugurate the party in Ekiti. He said, “Permit me to also seize this opportunity to openly apologize to the people of Ekiti for bringing a wrong person to you. I wholeheartedly accept the responsibility for this. It was a sincere mistake of mine and that of our leaders. We take the blame in good faith even as we promise that such will not repeat itself again”.
While presenting what looks like his manifesto to the people of Ekiti, he said “On the pedestal of the Labour Party today, we promise Ekiti a sound and scientific re-invention of the business of governance that gives room for popular access and participation in the political process; the promotion and sustainability of democratic values and institutions; the rejuvenation of our local economy through aggressive investment in agricultural projects with a view to generating massive employment; d prudent, resourceful & accountable management of human and material resources with which Ekiti is endowed as well as d lawful maintenance of law, peaceful co-existence and orderliness in our communities such that our people can conveniently sleep with their eyes closed
“Our mission is to ensure that the global best practice standards of openness, probity, popular engagement, accountability through regular account of stewardship and inclusive public policy process become the hallmarks of our government.
“We also promise adequate access to qualitative and affordable education as a veritable ingredient for human capital development even as we are also strongly committed to improving the quality of life among our citizens through sustainable livelihood initiatives that are targeted at rural populations and the urban poor with a view to providing enduring solutions to the acute poverty in Ekiti land.
“More specifically, our social welfare programmes have been designed to meet the peculiar needs of five special categories of citizens, namely, women, youths, old people, under five children and the physically challenged.
“Equally, affordable health care delivery will be enhanced through the provision of subsidized medication in government hospitals as well as the provisioning of free medical treatment for a number of ailments for specific categories of citizens. The treatment of hernia, diabetes, hypertension, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS shall be made free in Ekiti State during our administration.
He further said, “Our government will not only encourage the participation of neighborhoods and communities in the maintenance of clean and hygienic environment but shall also see to it that a series of public awareness initiatives and mass mobilization programmes are embarked upon to herald a new regime of profound consciousness on environmental protection and bio-diversity conservation.
“Our infrastructural intervention will not be limited largely to road repairs and classroom rehabilitation, as current administration is doing even as we promise to invest heavily on the construction of mini-water works to complement the existing ones and adequately make drinkable water available for our people in the rural and urban locations.
“Deliberate new towns development projects that have immediate and long-term benefits shall be prioritized to further make our communities more conducive and enabling to local and foreign private investments. Our housing schemes shall be affordable and without discrimination while tourism, commerce, agriculture, industrialization and mining shall be the mainstay of our economy in Ekiti State”.
Bamidele also promised to conduct a credible election that will engender the return of civil rule to the 16 Local Government Areas of the State within 6months of his assumption of office as the Governor of the state. While he declared vacant every political office in the state for a grab by any willing LP party member. According to him, “I hereby declare vacant the position of the 16 LG chairman, Vice Chairman and 177 councilors in all the LGA of the state”. He also declared vacant the 26 House of Assembly seats, 3 Senatorial seats and 6 House of Representative position.
Former Leader of the Ekiti State Caucus at the House of Representatives and Chairman House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, Opeyemi Bamidele, in October resigned from his position citing the desire to concentrate fully on his ambition to become the Governor of Ekiti State in 2014 as his primary reason