Ondo 2020: Fayose’s Revenge Story Uncovered

Ondo 2020: Fayose’s Revenge Story Uncovered

Dauda Ismail

The immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, is in the news again. Before the recently conducted Ondo State election, he warned that the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Eyitayo Jegede, might lose the 2020 governorship election in Ondo State if the party is still divided in the South West and Ondo State ahead of the gubernatorial poll.

According to him, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State who is the leader of the party in the Southwest region, must not misuse his executive powers in such a way that PDP will lose Ondo poll due to his undemocratic nature of foisting party executives and orders on the willing members who are working tirelessly in ensuring that the party and Jegede win the governorship election.

Fayose, who spoke at the PDP South-west stakeholders’ meeting and reclamation of Ogun State PDP Party Secretariat from late Buruji Kashamu’s faction by Ladi Adebutu’s faction in Abeokuta, noted that the foisting of former deputy national chairman of the party, Olabode George as the party front man in the October 10, 2020 would further polarise the party in Ondo State and South-west, and therefore urgent political steps should be taken to involve people that matter in the electoral process.

While speaking in the presence of Eddy Olafeso, Southwest national vice chairman; Sikirulai Ogundele, Ogun state chairman; Deji Doherty, Lagos state chairman; Bisi Kolawole, Ekiti state chairman; Sunday Akanfe, Osun state acting chairman and Ladi Adebutu, Ogun state PDP financier and chieftain, the former Ekiti state governor condemned Governor Makinde’s political style and undue influence in the South-west and Ondo State, which he said, could cause the party Ondo state governorship seat.

He said, “Part of the problem we are talking about is you want to do election in Ondo, a Fayose is not part of the process, you want to do election where Ekiti and Ondo states are supposed to be one, you want to do election and you want to keep a 75-year-old, Chief Bode George, in the saddle when he’s supposed to have retired as a Grandpa and I am saying it expressly, as long as such continues, they can go ahead by themselves.

“I am not going to talk about the outcome, I am not God, and it is my prayer that PDP wins that election, if we fight, our fight must not be that our party should lose, our fight is such that the party must manage its members in a way that we can make more gains.

“Our fight must not be that our party should lose, I supported Jegede when he contested (in 2016) the first time and I am still going to support him now, but the fact is that if you are going to use me to drive you, give you more mileage and you say I am not important, my home is as sweet as anywhere else.”

Meanwhile, the Sikirulai Ogundele’s PDP-led Executive reclaimed the party Secretariat hitherto held by late Buruji Kashamu’s faction of the party in the state as former Governor Fayose declared that Ladi Adebutu’s faction which has Sikirulai Ogundele as chairman “is the authentic and has majority of party followers in the state”, just as he called on all the factional members of the party at the state level to rejoin Ogundele’s PDP executives.

Some members of the PDP in the South-west told AljazirahNigeria that Fayose was secretly working for the leader of the APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to succeed President Muhamadu Buhari in 2023 so that his case of graft can be dropped. “That is why he is working assiduously to destroy the PDP especially in the South-west so that Tinubu will have an easy ride in the region. That is why you see him attacking the party stalwarts and so the party,” one party member who does not want his name mentioned told our reporter.

He further stated: “Fayose is doing all these because he feels it is his revenge against the PDP for not supporting him in his quest to return his candidate as his successor in the state in 2018.” He had campaigned assiduously for Kolapo Olusola-Eleka such that it looked as if he was actually campaigning to return as governor. Fayemi eventually won with a vote differential of 19, 338. Fayemi served as Ekiti Governor from 2010 to 2014 until he was prevented from a second term by Fayose.

Our source further stated that Fayose’s plan was to take over the party structure in the South-west and is angry and so wants to rather pitch his tents with the APC and Tinubu. It is to be seen how far Fayose can go with his revenge.

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