Opeyemi Bamidele, a former member of the House of Representatives, has reacted to the emergence of Bisi Egbeyemi as Kayode Fayemi’s running mate for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state

Egbeyemi, 74, hails from Ado-Ekiti, the town with largest number of voters in the state.

In a statement issued by Ahmed Salami, his media assistant, in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, Bamidele described the former council boss as a popular politician who is consummate and receptive.

He explained that age is not a factor in politics but capability, experience and popularity.

Bamidele stressed that Egbeyemi is a bridge between the old and young generation politicians in the state, saying his choice will further ensure victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) on July 14.

He said: “When you talk of Ekiti politics, Egbeyemi readily comes to mind. He was one of those that made politics look meaningful to the younger generation in our dear state. So this is not only strategic, but a masterstroke to those of us who knew Egbeyemi’s values.

“Many of the young politicians of today took their interest through him. Also, those who are holding priceless positions in politics in Ekiti across party lines got their tutelage under him. This makes his choice strategic, ingenious and pivotal to the success of our party.

“We appeal to our people to rally round Dr. Fayemi and Chief Egbeyemi in this onerous task of salvaging the state from total ruin.

“The rescue and corrective mission Dr. Fayemi is bringing on board is a collective task that must be accomplished for Ekiti of our dream to be realisable as quickly as possible,” Bamidele said.