“It is time for all well-meaning friends of Opeyemi Bamidele to rise to his help and save him from his new found journey brought about by apparent conduct disorder”.
This was the candid opinion of the lawmaker representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District in the Upper Legislative Chamber, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, in a statement signed by his media aide, Mr. Dimeji Daniels, in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday.
Ojudu, who was reacting to an interview by Opeyemi Bamidele published in the Saturday Punch of 28 December, 2013 where the latter made all kinds of spurious claims, advised the member of the House of Representatives on his need to seek help.
Ojudu said he had been ignoring Bamidele’s many lies, knowing full well that his hate-driven governorship ambition had eroded whatever little honesty he had before now, hence his lack of surprise at the unbridled lies emanating from Bamidele’s stable of murderous desperation and consciencelessness.
“However, unsuspecting members of the public who see Bamidele as a former insider in the former Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) might be taken in by the bare-faced, conscience-bereft, hate-inspired and conduct disorder-propelled lies,” Senator Ojudu said.
Conduct disorder is a psychiatric disorder found mostly in children, producing feelings of selfishness and lack of an appropriate sense of guilt. This, Ojudu, believed, is the only condition that could make a representative of people, who ordinarily should be honourable, sit down and think up events that only exist in his imagination.
Ojudu said Bamidele’s hatred for him did not just stem from the 2011 ACN primaries which he (Bamidele) never won and could not have won but the former’s refusal to get in line with Bamidele’s gubernatorial ambition and betrayal of Fayemi.
Ojudu said Bamidele had indeed approached him in Abuja to intimate him about his governorship ambition and also seek his support for same.
“I told him I cannot get in line behind something like that. Fayemi is doing well, why then do you want to be governor? I asked him. He had no answer for me other than that he was being muscled out and I asked him how, but all his answers were feeble. Bamidele seemed to believe that Fayemi should run every decision by him and I wonder in what capacity. As king-maker or as Fayemi’s father or what? He has his cabinet. As long as he carries them along and is delivering on his promises, which evidently he is doing, what kind of patronage do people like us, myself and Bamidele, in the National Assembly need?
“Obviously, my position drew the ire of Bamidele, hence his many attacks on my person in the media. At some point, he called me a footnote. But he is burning all bridges behind him, forgetting that someday he might need to use those bridges again. If I were a footnote in Ekiti politics, why did he seek my support to oust Fayemi?”
The lawmaker added that the claim that Bamidele was made his campaign manager by the party hierarchy “is nothing but an unconscionable lie from the pit of hell. Apart from his ill-gotten money from his 12 years in government in Lagos, which he thought he could use to buy everyone, of what value was Opeyemi to anyone in Ekiti?
Ojudu stated further that: “During the last senatorial elections, he instructed his supporters to vote for Ayo Fayose against me, the candidate of his party and I still went ahead to defeat his candidate with a wide margin. You can imagine how deep his hatred and self-centredness was. This was when his collaboration with reactionary elements started and has continued till today. Opeyemi Bamidele is always about self. He always thinks about the next appointment or the next election and not what he will do to uplift the people.
“Ask him today what he wants to do differently in Ekiti, he doesn’t know. He just wants to be governor, out of hatred, out of envy. On the day Governor Fayemi was being sworn in, he called myself and a friend aside on the podium while Fayemi was making his inaugural speech and with green in his eyes asked us ‘Will this fellow be able to do all of this that he is promising?’ I answered him, ‘Yes, he will with the assistance and cooperation of all of us’. That is our brother, that is the stuff he is made of. Rather than come up with a good manifesto and his agenda for the people of Ekiti State, he will rather come up daily with a new set of lies which he devilishly dishes out. When he was a commissioner in Lagos, we advised him to help Ekiti in any way he could to expose evil at large in our State then, but he didn’t. He told us he was a Lagos politician. He has suddenly become an Ekiti politician now.
“I have always been in Ekiti. I have always been involved in the struggle to make Ekiti great. How then could Bamidele who was never around until during the election petition tribunal be my campaign manager?” Ojudu queried.
The journalist turned politician advised the Ekiti Labour Party governorship aspirant to stop deluding himself with the claim that he won the 2011 ACN primaries, adding that it was pitiable that after two years Bamidele was still believing the lie that he bought.
“Let us imagine for a moment that he won the primary, did he win the primary for the House of Representatives that he occupies today too? He said he felt guilty taking a House of Representatives seat which he never won. If he is a honourable man and he is as Godly as he claims, he should have resigned from the House of Representatives. Where is his honour? Where is his claim of Godliness?”
Ojudu said in Bamidele’s usual manner, he believed that money could buy everything, forgetting the place of God, the same God who allegedly asked him to contest for governorship in Ekiti.
“In spite of his money. In spite of his attempt to buy votes at the primaries, I still beat him, but rather than accept the reality, he was too deluded to do so. He continued to dangle the fake results in his hand as evidence of his self-preempted victory. That is the lie he carries on with till today. It is the same lie that makes him claim people are asking him to be governor. The same delusion that makes him to claim that Ekiti people prefer him to Governor Fayemi. Who are these people who exist only in his warped mind? I think they are the ghosts of his many years of irrelevance in Ekiti socio-political life. Those ghosts must be calling to ridicule, shame and disgrace.”
Ojudu added that Bamidele’s claim that Governor Fayemi was only tolerating him (Ojudu) was laughable.
“His attempt to cause disaffection between me and Fayemi, between me and Otunba Niyi Adebayo, between Fayemi and Asiwaju Tinubu, and between Tinubu and Otunba Adebayo and within the ranks of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is an old trick that is dead on arrival. Does Bamidele know that Dr. Fayemi and I are beyond pettiness? How could Bamidele tell such lies against Otunba Niyi Adebayo who sacrificed almost everything to see him in the Senate.
“I wish him luck in his governorship endeavour. He should know that his childish lies will not win him a single extra vote in Ekiti as the 2014 election will be issue-based. So, Bamidele should get busy by retreating to a quiet place to write his manifesto. Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort is a good place to do that. He should take advantage of that. Maybe while there he’d see the futility of his self-hyped governorship ambition,” Ojudu advised.