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We present Hon. Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele popularly called MOB contesting to represent Ekiti Central Senatorial District

Thursday, August 30, 2018




Currently the Principal Attorney & Head of Chambers at the Law Office of Opeyemi Bamidele & Associates (with offices in Maitama District, Abuja and Lekki Phase 1, Lagos), Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele,  is the former Chairman, House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, and formerly the Chairman,  Ad-hoc Committee on Media and Public Affairs, of the House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a lawyer without border, holding three professional licences to practise in the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court; an Attorney and Counsellor-at-Law of the State of New York, USA; and a Notary Public of the State of New Hampshire, United States of America.

Bamidele graduated in 1986, from the University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Religious Studies. His passion to serve humanity with his professional calling made him to enrol at the prestigious University of Benin, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree in 1990. At the completion of a one-year academic stint at the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, having been called to the Nigerian Bar, Bamidele launched himself into a full- time legal career, specializing in Human rights Law and International jurisprudence.


While in the United States of America, Bamidele pursued a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree programme at the World-renowned Franklin Pierce Law Centre in Concord, New Hampshire, USA and by the end of 1996, he had already become a legal expert on Intellectual Property, with bias in International Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law including the Licensing of International Technology Transfer.

A learned counsel of no mean stature, Bamidele is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria. As a university student, Opeyemi Bamidele exhibited his sterling leadership qualities, which singled him out among his peers, both as the Public Relations Officer of the Students' Union Government at the University of Ife and also as the Chairman of the University of Benin Students' Union.  The peak of his career as a student activist was his election as the National President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in 1989.  This vantage position that he occupied made him to be at the centre of several negotiations and collective bargaining with Federal and State Governments and higher institutions authorities on issues relating to students welfare, academic freedom and the resolution of the endemic crisis into which our nation's educational sector was engulfed.

Bamidele's penchant for public service made him to contest in 1992, the primary elections to the Federal House of Representatives seat for Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency in Lagos, which he gallantly lost by a single vote.  Undeterred by this development, he remained active and loyal to the Social Democratic Party (SDP).  In March 1993, Bamidele served as National Accreditation Officer at the SDP National Convention in Jos Plateau State, Nigeria, where Bashorun M. K. O. Abiola was unanimously elected as the party's Presidential candidate.


Bamidele was appointed in July 2000, as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Lagos State on Political and Intergovernmental Relations.  He also doubled in this capacity as the National Director of Publicity of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) between November 2000 and June 2003. He successfully combined these positions with his flourishing law practice as President of Amicus Law Associates and Principal Partner of Opeyemi Bamidele and Associates, a firm of Solicitors, Advocates and Arbitrators established since July 1992.

In February 2003, the ebullient Bamidele was appointed into the Lagos State Executive Council as the Special Adviser on Political Matters to the then Deputy Governor, Lagos State, His Excellency, Mr. Olufemi Pedro.

In recognition of his commitment to service and humanity, the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu appointed Opeyemi Bamidele as the Honourable Commissioner for Youth, Sports & Social Development in July, 2003.

As the Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development in Lagos State, Bamidele brought his excellent leadership credentials to bear through the execution of laudable projects, some of which are:
 Completion and Official Commissioning of the long abandoned Teslim Balogun Stadium. 
 Establishment of Youth Recreation Centres in several Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of Lagos State.
 Rehabilitation of Skill Acquisition Centres for destitute and drug addicts in Tekunle Island, Lagos  State.
 Rehabilitation of Vocational Training Centre for the disabled in Owutu, Ikorodu, Majidun, Isheri,  the destitute camp in Oko-Baba as well as the Children Transit Home, Idi-Araba, Mushin, Lagos.
 Resolution of 6,782 matrimonial cases.
 Registration and monitoring of private social welfare  institutions and non-governmental organizations
 Resuscitation of grassroot sports like Principals'  Cup and Primary School Games among others.
 Stimulation of private sector participation in sports sponsorship.
 Establishment of Coaching Clinics and Seminars for the development of coaches and games     masters.
 Renovation of Onikan Stadium which included the provision of a 500 KVA generator, regrassing of the  stadium pitch, provision  of dressing rooms for teams  and referees,  etc.
 Renovation of Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba.
 Resuscitation of Lagos State Sports Festival, 
 Resuscitation of Principals' Cup.
Owing to these life touching programmes and his very incisive presentation on Tekunle Rehabilitation Centre, Lekki, the State Government was awarded a World Leadership Award in December 2005 and another World Leadership Award on creation of youth centers across the state in 2006. 

These ground-breaking achievements provided a credible justification for the re-appointment of Barrister Opeyemi Bamidele as the Commissioner for Information & Strategy by the administration of Mr.Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) between  June 2007-2011
In his vocation as the Chief Image Maker of Lagos State, the characteristic fervour for diligence, brilliance and prompt delivery of remarkable statecraft for which Bamidele was known, still remained the grand hallmark of his approach to the challenges of governance.
The Ministry of Information & Strategy under the supervision of Opeyemi Bamidele recorded very lofty landmarks.  Some of these achievements are:
 The reinvigoration of Alausa Alert, an in house  Newspaper of the Ministry distributed monthly statewide to the grassroot.
 The Innovation of every 100 Days Interactive Forum as a feed back mechanism between the State   Government and the public, with the major stakeholders of governance in focus.
 Revitalization of Training Workshops, Seminars and Linkage programmes for Staff Development and capacity building.
 Publication of contact phone numbers of members of the State Executive Council, Permanent Secretaries, Local Government Chairmen, Divisional Police Officers (D.P.O) and Area Commanders, etc for prompt official responses to emergency situations in the State.
 The launching of the LTV frequency on DSTV
 Upgrading of Infrastructure at LTV, EKO FM and the State Printing Corporation
 Establishment of Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau (LASRAB) for effective and technology-driven documentation of the State Activities

Following all these achievements, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele aspired (in Year 2011) to represent the good people of Ekiti Central Senatorial district on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). Though he won in the party primaries but due to the persuasion of the party leadership, Opeyemi contested in the April 2011 general election and was elected into the House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was the Chairman, Legislative Budget and Research Committee of the House of Representatives; He was also a member of the House Committee on Education, Judiciary, Constitution Review, Housing & Habitat, Media and Public Affairs as well as State and Local Government.




In April 2016, he was appointed by the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSSOC) as a Consultant and Facilitator; and in May 2016, he was invited by the United Nations to participate in the World Humanitarian Summit (which held on 23rd and 24th of May in Istanbul, Turkey) as an AU Facilitator. In June 2016, he was appointed by the 8th National Assembly as a Legal Consultant to the House Committee in charge of Constitutional Amendment. Following the conclusion of the Edo State Governorship Primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in June 2016, he was appointed by the Nigerian ruling party as the Chairman of the Edo State Governorship Primary Election Appeals Committee.
In 2018, Hon. Bamidele was a governorship aspirant in Ekiti State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and later emerged as the Director General of the Dr. John Kayode Fayemi’s governorship campaign organisation.

Michael Opeyemi Bamidele is a very reliable team player, a leader with unusual reservoir of energy for service, a consummate politician and a seasoned administrator.
Given his sterling leadership qualities coupled with his penchant for details and his meticulous approach to burning issues of national pedigree, one could rightly admit that Opeyemi Bamidele is yet one of the newly emerging leaders of a new Nigeria.
Bamidele epitomizes integrity and his passion for progressive change is insuppressible. He is indeed a symbol of an up-coming generation of intelligent, result-oriented and dynamic leaders and visionaries. HE IS A MORAL AGENT FOR POSITIVE CHANGE.

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