The die has finally been cast as the House of Representatives Committee Chairman on Legislative Budget and Research, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, has resigned his position as the Ekiti Caucus Leader, in a bid to pursue his gubernatorial ambition in next year’s election.
Bamidele who has been at loggerheads with the caucus since he indicated his interest to challenge the incumbent governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi in the 2014 governorship race, said he had to throw in the towel in order to concentrate on his political aspiration.
The Ekiti Caucus in the House had some months ago announced that they were removing Bamidele from the leadership position because of his governorship ambition.
They later reversed themselves following the intervention of the leadership of the then Action Congress of Nigeria, now All Progressives Congress (APC)
In a statement made available to journalists yesterday, Bamidele said the resignation was with immediate effect 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 in his vision for the state. The letter dated October 22, read as follows:
“I hereby resign, with immediate effect, my appointment as the Leader of Ekiti State caucus in the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“This resignation has become a cogent and compelling step for me to take at this time to enable me pursue, by the special grace and uncommon favour of Almighty God, my aspiration to be governor of Ekiti State by, the year 2014 based on my 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.
“1 can no longer tarry in responding to the yearning and aspirations of the violated children, the deserted youth, the disillusioned women, the unfulfilled civil and public servants, the neglected artisans, the jobless and underemployed men as well as the heart broken elder statesmen and frustrated founding fathers who genuinely desire to see the emergence of a rallying point (across political and ideological divides) that would herald in a new and united Ekiti State where our past glory will be brought back from sabbatical; where integrity and strength of character, which is the hallmark of Ekiti personality, will be celebrated yet again; and where job creation, food security, law and order, as well as infrastructure and human capital development with high premium on health and education will be of utmost priority as the minimum agenda for good governance in compliance with global best practice standard.
“I want to sincerely thank the national and State leadership of the Action Congress of Nigeria (the party on which platform I was elected into parliament) as well as the state governor for the opportunity to serve in this capacity since the inauguration of the seventh session of the National Assembly in June 2011. I equally wish to express my personal gratitude to my colleague from Ekiti State, whom I have had the privilege of serving, for the cordial relationship we have all had.
“Surely, it is time for me to move on in pursuit of an aspiration meant to honour God in spite of all odds and provide unusual leadership at a most critical stage in the life of Ekiti State and her citizenry.”
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