With the future of his political career hanging in the balance, House of Representatives member and former governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele, has turned a prodigal son seeking forgiveness from his former boss and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Bamidele was at the forefront of the rebellion that led to the ouster of Dr Kayode Fayemi from the governorship seat of the state.
After failing to pick the APC ticket, Bamidele defied all entreaties and reconciliation efforts going on to pick the ticket of the Labour Party (LP) to contest the governorship seat of Ekiti State in the Saturday, 21st June, 2014 governorship election in the state.
Unconfirmed report also stated that Bamidele after holding a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Aso Rock Villa few days before the governorship gave tacit support for his supporters to work for and support the governorship ambition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ayodele Fayose, who went onto win the election and has since been sworn-in as Governor of the state.
Thus, it never came as a surprise to political observers when few days after being declared winner of the election, Fayose paid glowing tributes to Bamidele’s contribution to his electoral victory.
Now, with his tenure in the House of Representatives gradually winding to a conclusion, the man his admirers call MOB, has decided to return to his ancestral political home after a destructive sojourn outside the fold.
His first point of call was the bourdillon residence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Of course, having worked closely with him for years, Bamidele was quite aware of the two-time former Lagos Governor’s legendary spirit for forgiveness.
Thus, on Tuesday, 23rd December, 2014, Bamidele went to the Bourdillon residence of his erstwhile boss to seek for forgiveness.
Asiwaju Tinubu’s response was terse but direct to the point: “you don’t have to beg me. Go back home to your people in Ekiti and seek their forgiveness. If they forgive you, who am I not to forgive you? It is your people in Ekiti you should go and beg first”.
All efforts to get further attention from Tinubu by Bamidele proved abortive as the ex-Governor told him he had a very important meeting to attend in Abuja.
Bamidele even offered to accompany him (Tinubu) to Abuja, but the former Governor firmly turned down the proposal.
The question on the lips of many political observers is whether Bamidele will swallow his pride and beg leaders and members of Ekiti APC whom he so much maligned and abused during his quest for power. Only time will tell.