Candidate of the Labour Party in the June 21 Ekiti Governorship election and member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, has hinted that he might re-join the All Progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party.
He revealed that he had been under intense pressure from both parties ahead of the 2015 general elections.
Bamidele, who came a distant third in the poll, stated this in Ado-Ekiti on Monday while addressing journalists on the outcome of the consultation meeting he held with the leadership of his party to discuss the way forward.
He defected to the LP last year September, following irreconcilable differences with Governor Kayode Fayemi and the endorsement of the governor by a national leader of the party as APC candidate. Fayemi, however, lost the election.
The lawmaker, who disclosed that he would contest for political position in 2015, added that his party had set up an 11-man committee to study the possibility of reaching a good working relationship with either of the political parties.
Bamidele said, “We have become beautiful brides because of the kind of manifesto we presented while campaigning for the June 21 election. So, any party that has the interest of the people at heart will like to work with us on the basis of what we have, which we are ideologically and emotionally attached to”.
Bamidele, who said he was ready to work with anybody in the overriding interest of the people, however, kept mum on what political office he would be vying for and the platform.
He said, “Ayodele Fayose, as governor-elect, has indicated interest to work with me. He had never hidden that fact. He had visited me personally and he has been talking to us.
“Even the APC had also been reaching out, seeking genuine reconciliation for us to come back and rebuild the party. They are not only making rapprochement to me alone, but to every member of the party, even at the local level. So, this goes beyond my own personal opinion. It is a collective thing.
“But I want to state here that we will not compromise because the LP leaders have not come to conclusion to merge with any political party in Ekiti. But whatever step we are going to take will be in overall interest of the populace”.
He also charged members of the party with political ambitions to begin to network with other political parties for the realisation of their dreams.
PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC
Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”
Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.
He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”
You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola
In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.
Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.
“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.
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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.
“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.
“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.
“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.
“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”
Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu
Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.
He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.
In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.
He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.
“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.
“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’
“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.
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