Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti has said that the outgoing governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi deserves a worthy successor like him.
Bamidele, a serving senator representing Ekiti Central in the National Assembly said this on Tuesday in Abuja.
He spoke at the APC National Secretariat after picking the party’s Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to contest the Ekiti State governorship election slated for June 18, 2022.
The senator who said that he is the right man to succeed Fayemi, promised to build on his legacy if elected as the next governor of the state.
He added that if given the opportunity, he would not only build on Fayemi’s legacy, but take the state to the next level and ensure better life for its people.
“I must say that Ekiti is today led by a governor who understands the language of internal democracy and party politics.
“Fayemi and his administration have done so well and so much for Ekiti,” Bamidele said.
“His administration deserves to have a worthy and well focussed successor who will not only protect the legacies of our party and the administration in Ekiti, but will also build upon, and take the state to the very next level of development,” he said.
Speaking on his relationship with Fayemi, Bamidele said he enjoys a cordial with the outgoing Ekiti governor.
He described as name droppers, those speculating that a particular aspirant had been anointed by the incumbent governor.
According to him, the governor has not declared support for any aspirant.
“I know Gov. Fayemi well enough and I believe I do, I don’t see him coming out at any point to support any aspirant.
“Even if I were to be his chosen candidate or anointed candidate, the best he can do is to have sympathy for me, he still would not raise my hand to say this is the anointed candidate,” Bamidele said.
He added that if elected as the state next governor, he would bring value to the state and ensure its development.
“I am not contesting this election because I feel I am the only one who can add value in Ekiti.
“I am in this race because I’m convinced that more than anyone else, I know Ekiti like no one does among those of us who have indicated interest in being governor.
“I know the workings of government in the three arms like no one does among those of us that are aspiring.
“I have what it takes to lead a state like Ekiti at a time like this when everyone who has a scientific understanding of what is wrong and what needs to be done, needs to come forward and present himself,” he said.
He added that he had opportunities and had been exposed in the three arms of government.
He said, “One, as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and as an Attorney and council at law in the state of New York in the United States.
“All of these in the last 30 years have given me the opportunity to network extensively within the judicial arm of government,” Bamidele said of his quest to replace Fayemi as governor of Ekiti State.