Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose of the PDP and his supporters must be laughing their heads off right now, with what has happened at the APC primary, which was just concluded last night.
Their victory didn't start just yesterday, it began when somehow, they were able to cause division and divisiveness in the rank and file of the opposition APC, which warranted the withdrawal of probably one of the best candidates, for the primaries, in the person of Senator Babafemi Ojudu.
The distinguished Senator of the Federal House of Assembly had withdrawn in protest for what he claimed wasn't a level playing field and deliberate orchestration by some in their party to foist and force a particular candidate on the party. So after his withdrawal, about 32 others were said to have partaken in the primary, with the former Governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who is the serving Minister of Solid Minerals Development emerging as the day's winner with 941 votes against 481 votes polled by Segun Oni, a former Governor of the State, who came in second.
As an incumbent then seeking for a 2nd term, at the election that brought Ayo Fayose back to power for a 2nd time and 2nd term, the then Governor FAYEMI, had lost abysmally in all the local government areas of the state, including his own LG then! So total was Fayose's landslide victory against an incumbent then, that it was baffling and totally mind-boggling and left everyone shocked!
With Fayemi's victory at the APC primary and with the schism that was already in place even before the primary, would the different camps now close ranks to compete against a common for? Is APC heading for another abysmal 16-0 loss again?
With the likes of Opeyemi Bamidele, Segun Oni, Babafemi Ojudu, Hon. Bimbo Daramola et al who are the party pillars already very disgruntled, where is the Ekiti State APC heading to? The war of words and accusations that heralded the primaries, had exposed the under belly of the party in the first place, showing that many were at daggers drawn and there wasn't going to be the possibility of them sheathing their swords and closing ranks.
With the victory of Dr. Kayode Fayemi at the recently concluded primary, it also somehow exposes the fact that the Jagaban Borgu, the National leader of the party, the great Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu might have totally lost control of the Ekiti APC, just like he did that of Ondo State. So this victory, which might yet be pyrrhic though, is a clear statement in defiance.
Dr. John Olukayode FAYEMI 53, was the former Governor of Ekiti State and currently, the Minister for Solid Minerals Development. He is from Isan-Ekiti, in Oye LGA of the state. He is a Doctor of War Studies, a degree he got from the King's College, University of London. He is eminently qualified to vie for the position and this is his 2nd missionary journey towards taking Ekiti State to the expected Eldorado, after the first journey that ended with a loss.
Dr. FAYEMI would be locking horns with the current Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Kolapo Olushola of the PDP, who is an anointed candidate of the outgoing Governor, Peter Ayodele Fayose. The Professor who apparently must have been a genius from birth, was born May 24, 1968 and would be 50 in a few days time. He began his primary school at the age of 4. He is a Professor of Building Structures from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State. He got his first degree in 1989 and was the best graduating student of his set then. Just like he had distinguished himself in Secondary school too. By 2009 he had become an associate professor. He has published over 50 academic researches in both local and international journals. He is from Ikere Ekiti, in Ikere LGA of Ekiti State. The APC candidate too has an intimidating resume too.
The July 2018 election upcoming in about 11 weeks would most definitely, be a battle royale. And we are eagerly awaiting the results.