Member representing Ado-Ekiti/Irepodun-Ifelodun Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr Opeyemi Bamidele, on Tuesday emerged flag bearer of the Labour Party for the June 21 governorship elections in Ekiti State.
Bamidele, a former chieftain of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, who dumped the party after its leaders anointed the incumbent governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for a second term, emerged through voice affirmation at the party’s primaries held in Ado-Ekiti.
Delegates from all the 177 wards in the state elected Bamidele through a ‘yes’ vote since no other aspirant contested the ticket with him.
Information Nigeria reports that there was tight security at the venue of the election, with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and other stakeholders in attendance to monitor the exercise.
The Deputy National Chairman of LP, Chief Joseph Akinlaja, led other leaders of the party from Abuja to the venue.
Speaking while presenting the Labour Party flag to Bamidele, Akinlaja cited Article 27(3) of the party’s constitution as basis for his emergence.
He added that the party’s constitution gives room for ratification of an aspirant as candidate in a situation where nobody contested against such candidate.
In his acceptance speech, Bamidele, a lawyer and former Commissioner for Information in Lagos State, pledged to win Ekiti for the party, even as he assured that he would join hands with other stakeholders to move the state forward.