OPEYEMI BAMIDELE RETURNS TO THE CENTRE STAGE

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Vibrant and brilliant Iyin Ekiti-born former Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social development in Lagos state, Opeyemi Michael Bamidele could be said to have adopted a low profile for several months as little or nothing has been heard from his ends. He was last heard about after his failed attempt to become the governor of his state, Ekiti, during the last governorship election in the state.

It will be recalled, his ambition became a thing of interest to many even beyond the shores of Ekiti because he actually contested the election against the wish of his mentor and godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, that he decamped from APC to pursue his ambition on the platform of  the Labour Party. However, he has since reconciled with Tinubu and returned to the APC fold. Meanwhile, the graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Benin, Bamidele may have concluded to return to center stage, if information reaching SPYGLASS is anything to go by.  According to a source, the former member of House of Representatives will clock 54 on the 29th of this month and invites are said to have been sent to guests to join him in Ekiti State to mark the anniversary. The event, we learnt is expected to re-launch MOB, as Ope is fondly called to political limelight as it is said to have been designed to have political colouration, especially as it has been confirmed Ope still has his gaze on the governorship seat of Ekiti State even as the incumbent’s tenure is slated to come to an end next year.

For a fact, the Ekiti State-born politician received his political tutelage under the APC national leader,  having served as a commissioner under him while he was governor of Lagos. Much later, Tinubu ensured his victory in the race to the House of Representatives in 2011 under the Action Congress of Nigeria (A.C.N). To say that Opeyemi also enjoyed a robust relationship with Tinubu until 2013 is to say the obvious.

But they fell apart before the Ekiti election that brought back the present governor, Ayo Fayose before they finally reconciled few months to the 2015 general election.