Former member of the House of Representatives and Director General of Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, has declared the intention to run for the Senate ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Bamidele, a former Commissioner for Information in Lagos State will represent Ekiti Central Federal constituency in the National Assembly.
He made his official declaration at his Iyin Ekiti country home on Wednesday.
On why he decided to run for Senate, Bamidele said he decided to seek a higher position to be able to impact positively in the lives of the people.
He added that he was ready to accept whatever modality the party would adopt to conduct the primary, in line with the doctrine of party supremacy.
“As a core and incurable APC loyalist, I am comfortable with direct, indirect and consensus options. The party is supreme and I am ready to key into whatever option to be applied to pick the candidate in my district.
“But if my people deem it fit to honour me as a consensus candidate considering my past and present contributions, I will be eternally grateful to them.
“My belief is that, whichever option we adopt, people will still have the opportunity to either vote or make inputs and that is what democracy is all about; it is participatory.
“I will still remain committed in deeds and actions whether the result comes out to be positive or negative at the end of the day. Even the fact that God preserved me after the June 1 shooting incident, where I escaped death showed that I was specifically made to serve the people,” he stated.
Bamidele stressed that he was relying heavily on his past records in the House of Representatives to be able to clinch the party’s ticket and win the general election.
“During my time in the Lower chambers of the National Assembly, where I represented Ado/Irepodun/Ifelodun federal constituency, I did my best in terms of employment generations for the youths, building of ICT centres in Ado , Iyin and Igede Ekiti.
“Added to that was the ultra-modern Health Centre I built in Ado Ekiti, the library in Iyin and Igede Ekiti , among other empowerment programmes I did that touched the lives of over 75,000 people in just two local governments.
“In spite of the fact that I represented only two councils then, I helped many other people from other local governments in the district and even across the State and that I shall continually do if given the opportunity this time around,” he added.