House of Representatives member Opeyemi Bamidele (Ifelodun/Irepodun) yesterday joined the Labour Party (LP) to contest next year’s governorship election in Ekiti State.
Bamidele was elected to the House of Representatives in 2011 on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
He refused to identify with the All Progressives Congress (APC) since it was formed by the defunct (ACN) and other parties. His defection was as a result of the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu handing an automatic ticket to his political godson and incumbent governor, Fayemi.
Yesterday, he told reporters in Emure-Ekiti that he had defected to LP.
Bamidele said after consultations with stakeholders and his supporters, the move became necessary for him to realise his governorship ambition.
He spoke after visiting relatives of Mr. Foluso Ogundana, who was killed by some hoodlums on November 3 in Emure during a political clash.
Bamidele, who said his decision was supported by “progressives elements and political soul mates, who are desirous of change in the governance of the state,” said the declaration was a quit notice to the APC administration.
Speaking to reporters in the company of the late Ogundare’s wives, children and Mrs. Beatrice Ige, who was injured by the hoodlums, Bamidele said: “I and my supporters are quitting the ranks of political desperados to embrace a new political order that will take Ekiti to a new height.
“Let it be known that as I quit their party today, I am also giving them quit notice in the Government House. I am giving quit notice to poverty and hunger in our land.”
He described LP “as a renowned progressives’ platform”.
“Governor Kayode Fayemi postponed his trip to Emure in reverence of the dead. Why can’t Opeyemi allow the dead to be buried before going there to play politics?
“More so, since his ambition was concocted in Akure, the Ondo State capital, and his supporters are there, would it not have been better”, he declared.