Governor wishes lawmaker success in his future endeavours.
The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has described the former Ekiti caucus leader in the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele, as a huge disappointment for failing to discharge his duties in that capacity before he resigned.
Mr. Bamidele recently resigned as the leader of the caucus though the governor said he was eased out by his colleagues. He has since been replaced with Robinson Ajiboye.
Both Messrs Fayemi and Bamidele became sworn political enemies following the insistence of the latter to contest the 2015 governorship election in the state under the All Progressives Congress, APC, same party as the governor.
The lawmaker snubbed advice by the party leaders to allow the governor take a second shot unopposed as the party’s candidate in next year’s gubernatorial election.
In a letter dated October 28, acknowledging receipt of Mr. Bamidele’s resignation, Mr. Fayemi said the lawmaker failed in performing while he occupied the position because he was not fit for it in the first place.
Copies of the letter were sent to the interim National Chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande; the party’s National Vice Chairman in the South West, Niyi Adebayo; state party chairman, Jide Awe; and the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
The letter was also sent to two leaders of the party, Bola Tinubu and Segun Osoba.
“Clearly, you did not fit that role and have failed woefully. Your uncanny parochialism and separatism runs afoul of the spirit of collectivism which we Ekiti are known for, and you have turned out to be a huge disappointment to the party leadership and all stakeholders who reposed their confidence in you by nominating you to such high office,” the governor said.
“A platform you have used to brazenly to pursue personal vendetta, sought to balkanise our compact family of progressives unified in one great party – All Progressives Congress – and undermined the authority of our great national leaders whom we revere and hold in very high esteem.”
Mr. Fayemi said as Ekiti caucus leader, Mr. Bamidele’s role was not a ceremonial one, but a crucial role which demanded utmost humility, sincerity of purpose and selflessness in the pursuit of the common good of the people of the state.
He added, “It is a role that requires pristine statesmanship in mobilizing Ekiti kete, not only in the House, but back home in the state, the entire country, and indeed the world over, towards agitating for more equitable consideration of our great state in the affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“This noble role, historically and fundamentally requires a high degree of cooperation with colleagues in the National Assembly, the State Government, the party leadership and other stakeholders, in ensuring synergy and cadence in our collective efforts to build a greater state.”
Mr. Fayemi said it was not necessary to respond to opprobrious suggestions the lawmaker made in his letter on the state of Ekiti State, noting that he was entitled to his opinion.
While wishing Mr. Bamidele success in his future endeavours, the governor noted, “The people of Ekiti State collectively affirm that by the grace of God, Ekiti has witnessed unprecedented progress since the inception of this administration, to the glory of God and the joy of our people. This is not an appropriate medium to communicate our achievements.”
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