Gubernatorial hopeful, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, has resigned his position as leader of the Ekiti caucus in the House of Representatives with immediate effect. He said the resignation is to allow him realize his ambition of contesting for the state governorship seat in 2014.
Bamidele, who is also the chairman of the House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, made this known in a letter to Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and was copied to the National Leader of the Party, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and the Minority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila.
In the letter dated 22nd, October, 2013, Bamidele said: “I hereby resign with immediate effect, my appointment as the leader of 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.
“I can no longer tarry in responding to the yearnings 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,” he said.
The lawmaker has been locked in a battle with his party leadership and Gov. Fayemi over his insistence to contest the Ekiti governorship election; a decision that did not go down well with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who has since given his blessings to the incumbent to go for a second term in office.