POLITICAL PUNDIT SERIES: MAVERICK POLITICIAN
Being an individualist, non-conformist, maverick, unorthodox and trendsetter truly describes Gov Ayodele Fayose and his political style, if you don’t agree argue with your keyboard or smartphone .
Two weeks back a friend wrote on her timeline about next gubernatorial contest in Ekiti and she submitted that the incumbent Governor will determine who will be the next Governor of the state.
A lot of people scoffed at the whole idea, even folks who do not know anything about Ekiti State politics and cannot find their way to the state even if presented with a map of A-Z or GPS also laughed the whole idea off.
Just last week on Monday 7th September all the Ekiti PDP stakeholders from Elected PDP Councillors, PDP House of Assembly members, 16 LGA Party Chairmen, 16 Elected Council Chairmen and all Political Appointees rose, agreed, signed and endorsed the current Deputy Governor Professor Kolapo Olusola-Eleka as the sole gubernatorial candidate in the next election in June 2018 for PDP.
APC on the other hand today has nothing less than 40 gubernatorial aspirants for one slot even some rumored they are up to 53 and still counting, and we all know preparation, coordination and effective strategy is key in all political contest, so how can APC battle PDP within same context .
Anyway another issue i will like to point out, since the creation of the state in 1996 and our nascent democracy birthed in 1999 the people of Ekiti South Senatorial District has never been elected as Governor of Ekiti State .
Fortunately, the Deputy Governor is from Ikere Ekiti in South Senatorial District, unarguably the second largest town in the whole state after the state capital Ado Ekiti, moreover the incumbent Governor is from Afao Ekiti in Ekiti Central District, he will use the numerical advantage of the large voting population of his own central district plus the southern district to ensure victory in general election against APC .
Secondly ,many people deride Gov Ayodele Fayose as “Ponmo Eating” and “Stomach Infrastructure” Governor, some even question his academic qualifications, now he wants to deliver a Professor of Building Technology as candidate, which has always been the cries of Ekiti indigenes that how can they be a state replete with hundreds of Professors and none of them has been able to assume power .
In the whole of Southwest political environment not one Governor has ever allowed his Deputy Governor to succeed him. In Lagos state it was war of attrition between former Governor Bola Tinubu and Kofoworola Bucknor in his first term in office, same treatment meted to Femi Pedro in 2007.
In Ondo State Olusegun Mimiko got his deputy Ali Olanusi impeached and drove out of PDP and he decided to join APC. In Osun State Pa Bisi Akande and Sen Iyiola Omisore had their own serious fight as well until the Deputy has to defect to PDP from AD then. In my own state former Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his former Deputy Dr. Pius Odubu also had a serious rift before the Edo 2016 election .
So how APC is going to counter this laudable and maverick move of Governor Ayodele Fayose remains to be seen and eagerly awaited during the next gubernatorial election in June 2018 .
I always laugh in my little corner when people deride the Ekiti Governor most especially friends from the state but who are living outside the state, you all need to get closer to him and understand your Governor and his way of thinking plus his strategic reasoning.
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