Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has described the estranged House of Representatives member, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, as a disappointment to the state while functioning as the leader of the state caucus in the National Assembly.
The governor, in a letter addressed to Bamidele dated October 28, which he personally signed, acknowledged the receipt of the lawmaker's resignation as the Caucus Leader in the House, but also noted that the resignation was belated.
Bamidele, who had been at loggerheads with Fayemi, had written a letter to the governor about two weeks ago intimating him of his decision to resign as the Leader of the Ekiti State Caucus in the House.
But while responding, Fayemi noted that prior to the resignation, the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was aware that Bamidele's colleagues in the National Assembly had replaced him for not performing his duties effectively.
"The APC had already received a prior information that your colleagues in the House of Representatives had replaced you with Hon. Robinson Ajiboye as the Ekiti Caucus Leader, due to your failure to provide honourable and unifying leadership in promoting the interest of Ekiti Kete in the National Assembly.
"Clearly, you did not fit the role and failed woefully. Your uncanny parochialism and separatism runs afoul of the spirit of collectivism which we Ekiti are known for, and you have turned out to be a huge disappointment to the party leadership and stakeholders who reposed their confidence in you by nominating you to such high office," Fayemi stated.
He added that as the Ekiti Caucus Leader in the House of Representatives, Bamidele was expected to play a crucial role demanding humility, sincerity of purpose and selflessness for common good, but that instead, the lawmaker had employed the platform to "brazenly pursue personal vandetta, sought to balkanise our compact family of progressives unified in one great party – the APC and undermine the authority of our great national leader whom we revere and hold in very high esteem."
Against this background, Fayemi said the concern expressed by Bamidele in his letter, which dwelt on the state of the state, was his personal opinion that are not factual.