THE decision of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to anoint and endorse his deputy, Kolapo Olusola, as his successor despite repeated promise that he would vacate the Oke Bareke Government House with his deputy came as a rude shock to the army of gubernatorial aspirants in the People’s Democratic Party in Ekiti who were already seeing themselves as possible successor to the governor whom many political watchers in the state described as de-facto leader of the People’s Democratic Party in Ekiti.
The game plan and calculations changed immediately the continuity agenda was conceived and it only needs the voice of god to put a seal on the vision. It became a singsong afterwards. At any forum the Governor attended, he would impress it on the people that he was annointed by god to appoint for Ekiti, his successor.
This was achieved on the 6th of September, 2017, when the governor gathered the government functionaries both elected and appointed, at the pavilion in the Government House ground, Oke Bareke in Ado-Ekiti to issue a prophecy.
At the meeting on that fateful day were 177 elected councillors, 177 ward chairmen, the 16 local government party chairmen, 16 council chairmen, chairmen and members of boards and parastatals and members of the State Executive Council.
Others at the prophetic meeting included Ekiti House of Assembly members, serving and former members of the People’s Democratic Party State Working Committee.
The resolution of this meeting was the adoption and endorsement of the Governor’s deputy, Kolapo Olusola as the successor of Governor Fayose and the flag bearer of the party for the July 14 governorship election.
The communiqué issued at the end of the meeting gave credence to this, according to them, “after due consultation, without prejudice to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), we formally endorse Prof. Kolapo Olusola (the current deputy governor), from Ekiti South Senatorial District, as our preferred aspirant and candidate.”
With this, the battle line has been drawn, Olusola from now on, would be standing on the shoulder of the giant to confront Adedayo Adeyeye, former spokesman for the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP Caretaker Committee and Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate, Abiodun Olujimi.
Others who have since left the party as a result of what they described as the impunity of Governor Fayose were former Nigeria Ambassador to Germany, Dare Bejide, former Managing Director of Wema Bank and Deputy to Fayose during his first coming, Bisi Omoyeni, another former Deputy Governor, Sikiru Lawal, former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice and a close friend to Governor Fayose, Owoseni Ajayi.
Aluko defected to the Mega Party of Nigeria, MPN. Omoyeni and Bejide moved to the Social Democratic Party, SDP while Lawal joined the Labour Party, LP.