As the July 14 guber elections in Ekiti State draws near, there are very clear indications that the contest is actually between Dr. Kayode Fayemi and the outgoing governor of the state, Dr. Ayodele Fayose.
From available data, it can only be deciphered that Fayose’s anointed candidate and current Deputy Governor, Professor Olusola Elaka is not a match for the Fayemi muscle in the state; but is only relying on the weight of his principal, Fayose, who has an axe to draw with Fayemi in the volatile politics of the Fountain of Knowledge State, Ekiti. Fayemi, if you must know, is a former governor of the state and was actually unseated by Fayose in an election that is yet to leave the imagination of those who witnessed the shenanigans and chicanery of the Fayose train, and the popular stomach infrastructure that has now become a popular fixture in Nigeria’s political lexicon. Today, the Ekiti people have gotten wiser and can no longer be fooled by the carrots Fayose dangled at them in 2014. Even within Fayose’s party, PDP, he is no more a recurring decimal as they now know his antics of how he uses the masses to galvanize their votes. That is why Fayose is being rattled by the Fayemi moving train, which will now crush the Eleka team that will be the terminus for the much-expected victory of former minister, former governor, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, who has all the wherewithal in his political chest to make a new statement in the political firmament of Ekiti State, forget about the incumbency factor of Fayose and his cohorts. Perhaps that is why Dr. Fayose has sworn never to allow Fayemi to take the shine off him when the chips are high. With the all-embracing campaign rally of Fayemi which held last Wednesday, July 10 in Ado Ekiti, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, Dr. Fayemi looks poised to carry the day, against all oppositions from different quarters. Eleka’s campaign team which held the following day could not in any way be compared to that of Fayemi, as it was lack-luster. Give or take, Fayemi is the winning index for the election and is attracting more popularity in all the 16 local governments of the state. Without doubt, the battle is between Fayose and Fayemi, and interestingly or co-incidentally, they both derive their surnames from the Ifa oracle, and who the oracle will now favour on July 14 is a matter of those who believe in Fayose’s idiosyncrasies.