Representative of Ado/Irepodun/Ifelodun Federal Constituency in Ekiti State at the National Assembly, Opeyemi Bamidele, has defected from the All Progressives Congress to Labour Party in pursuance of his governorship ambition in 2014.

The lawmaker’s decision to defect from the ruling APC was as a result of the party’s refusal to allow its candidate to emerge through primary election in the state.

There had a been a running battle between the lawmaker’s supporters and the loyalists of the governor over his decision to run in the 2014 governorship poll in the state.

Bamidele, during a press conference at Emure Ekiti?on Sunday, said he took the decision after due consultations with relevant stakeholders and ? progressives
elements who were desirous of change of governance in the state.

The lawmaker addressed journalists in the presence of the family members of his late supporter, Mr. Foluso Ogundare, who was killed during a political meeting at Emure Ekiti last month by unknown gunmen suspected to be party thugs.

He said: “Myself and my supporters are quitting the ranks of political desperadoes to embrace a new political order that will take Ekiti to a new height.

“Let it be known that as am quitting their party (APC) today, I am also giving them quit notice in government house; I am also giving quit notice to poverty and hunger in our land.

“The least we can do in memory of Ogundare is to commit ourselves to this struggle. We have decided to seek another progressive party with immediate effect rather than proceeding to register as new members of APC.

While not attempting to undermine the APC as newly registered party?with progressive inclination, we make bold to say that the leadership?of APC in Ekiti has been hijacked ?by pseudo-democrats.

“To this extent, we have resolved to allow a major realignment of vision and personalities of good people drawn from among the various political parties ?within the political class in Ekiti State to form a?new leadership platform that will work with other stakeholders at home and in the Diaspora to ?spearhead the much needed sustainable change”.

In reaction to his defection, the Director of Publicity and Media, APC, Ekiti State, Segun Dipe, said: “Opeyemi Bamidele?s declaration of his governorship ambition today in Emure and on the platform of Labour Party is a welcome development. This is democracy and it is about free entry, free exit.

“We are not surprised because we know his destination all along and we had called the attention of our party members to his impending declaration for the Labour Party.

“While wishing him good luck, however, we will advise that he stays courageous and empathic with his ambition. We are saying this because some months ago, he allegedly printed posters to this effect, which he denied. Secondly, why declaring at Emure at a time the dead is still being mourned in the town? Our people can see how he is now dancing on the death of our citizen in Ekiti.

“Governor Kayode Fayemi had to postpone his trip to Emure in reverence of the dead. Why can?t Opeyemi allow the dead ? victim of a recent violence in the town- to be buried before going there to play politics? This confirms our position that he actually masterminded the crisis and fatality in the town for his selfish interest.

“More so, since his ambition was concocted in Akure and his supporters are there, would it not have been better he declared there?”


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