BY GBENGA ARIYIBI
ADO EKITI—A member of House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele, yesterday emerged the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the June 21 Ekiti State governorship election.
This came as the Director-General of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Bimbo Daramola, said Governor Kayode Fayemi, still remains an aspirant of the party, arguing that the ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is still open for any interested aspirant.
The LP candidate was a member of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, before metamorphosing to All Progressives Congress, APC, and had declared his intention to run for the governorship election since September 19, 2013 under the platform of Ekiti Bibire Coalition.
Bamidele emerged the LP candidate through the affirmation of all the 444 delegates including the national leaders of the party under the observation of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ado Ekiti.
His adoption started after the Chairman of LP in the State, Mr. Akin Omole, recommended Bamidele to the delegation of the LP’s National Working Committee led by its Deputy Chairman, Chief Joseph Akinlaja for ratification, saying this was in tandem with Section 27 subsection 3 of the party’s constitution.
On Fayemi’s interest to recontest in APC, Daramola, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, insisted that the ticket of the party was still open to interested party men.
He admitted however that only Fayemi for now had collected the APC nomination form, saying this had not precluded others seeking the party’s ticket.”
According to him, “Fayemi is still regarded as an aspirant until the party chooses its candidate on April 12 at a special congress of the party. Dr Kayode Fayemi has collected our party’s nomination form and has thrown his hat into the ring. He is still an aspirant in the party until our special congress is held.