The Ekiti Central Senator-elect, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, has described his victory at the Saturday’s National Assembly election and his emergence as a Senator to represent Ekiti Central Senatorial District, is a miracle.
Bamidele pointed out that he never knew he could survive the gunshot he suffered on June 1, 2018 during a rally of the All Progressives Congress, APC) governorship Governorship candidate for the July 14, 2018 poll.
Bamidele, who spoke in Iyin Ekiti yesterday after being announced by Returning officer , Prof Jeremiah Omotola on Sunday evening as the winner of the election, said his death or incapacitation through bullets that hit his stomach and thigh could have robbed him the opportunity, but for divine intervention.
“I participated in this election by miracle, I received divine favour and I will never take that for granted. Surviving such a gunshot was a rare privilege and opportunity.
“I really appreciate the spirits of other contestants, particularly my brother and candidate of the PDP, Mr. Obafemi Adewale. The race between us was like no victor, no vanquished. I am ready to work with him to improve the lives of our people, because I know he has his own ideas and we can still achieve that through my representation”.
Bamidele said he was not oblivious of the people’s desperate quests for more dividends of democracy, saying he was ready to partner Dr. Kayode Fayemi to improve the economy of the state and the well being of Ekiti people in the areas of education, job creation, agriculture and industrial development.
According to him, being a former member of the House of Representatives would stand him in a good stead to be able to contribute more in the Upper chambers by sponsoring bills, move motions and perform oversight functions that would move the nation forward in all facets.
“I look forward to being able to represent our people in a qualitative manner. They are expecting more dividends of democracy. I know that a lot of mistakes can be corrected in our nation through enactment of new laws, abrogation of bad ones and by ensuring that our MDAs comply with financial regulations.
“I also know that there was a deafening level of unemployment in Ekiti and the only thing government can do is to provide enabling environment for the private bodies to thrive.
“Ekiti is basically agrarian and we have to encourage agro allied industries to provide jobs for our army of unemployed youths.