Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:00 Emmanuel Ukudolo
LAGOS State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, yesterday stepped aside from the State Executive Council over what sources described as “dirty politics” in the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
Bamidele, who has been away in the past two months, suddenly showed up at the Executive Council yesterday and tendered his resignation letter.
Bamidele contested for the senatorial ticket of the Ekiti Central District with the Managing Editor of Independent Communications Network (ICN), publishers of The News and PM News, Mr. Babafemi Ojudu, former Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Dele Alake and the incumbent senator, Bode Ola.
It was reported that Bamidele was leading the race before the exercise was stopped. This was due to the crisis that ensued over the plan to impose a particular candidate.
Bamidele was, thereafter, offered a slot to the House of Representatives which he turned down.
The former commissioner, sources told the Nigerian Compass, may have paid the price for being the most vocal supporter of Governor Babatunde Fashola in the crisis and intrigues that trailed his endorsement as the ACN governorship candidate for Lagos State.
At the valedictory session yesterday, Bamidele stood tall among his colleagues who took turns to eulogise him, with many describing him as a dogged fighter who never gives up in a cause he believes in.
Governor Babatunde Fashola described him as a trusted ally and thorough professional whose contributions have resulted in significant development of the state.
He revealed that he was the brain behind the completion of the Teslim Balogun Stadium when he was Commissioner for Youths and Sports, adding that he was equally instrumental in the establishment of the Lagos State Record and Archives Board (LASRAB), describing his contribution towards the outfit as perfect.
While wishing him well in his new endeavour, the governor noted that as a dogged fighter, he believes that Bamidele would achieve his dreams in life.
Speaking with reporters, Bamidele said he left everything in the hands of God, saying he was deprived the opportunity to go to the Senate by the same group of people who brought him to limelight.
Responding to what he intends to do in the interim, Bamidele simply said he parades three professional licences to practise as a lawyer but when was asked if it is true he is returning to the United States (U.S.) from where he earned a Master of Laws (L.L.M.) degree in 1996, he replied: “When I get to the bridge, I will surely cross it.”