…Will the political strategist in Tinubu come to the fore and see him pay Fayemi back in his own coin? I expect Tinubu to know that fair weather friends cannot be trusted. When the chips are down, the person who betrayed you once can do so one more time!
D-Day is here! The Ekiti governorship election is a few days away! Who wins the polls? As days become hours, the fear of Segun Oni, the SDP governorship candidate, has become the beginning of wisdom, especially for the Fayemi group! Gov. John Kayode Fayemi is supporting his erstwhile Secretary to State Government (SSG), Abiodun Oyebanji. Analysts said it is the fear of Segun Oni that caused Fayemi to apply the reverse gear at last week’s APC presidential primary in Abuja. Many were surprised when Fayemi abandoned his presidential ambition and announced he was stepping down for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Did commonsense prevail in the dying minutes? Did dollars change hands? Did Fayemi read the hand-writing of imminent defeat – and disgrace – on the wall? Some analysts say it is the dynamics of Ekiti politics that forced Fayemi’s hands in far-away Abuja. All politics, as they say, is local. A politician that loses his home base floats in the air and has no base. For Fayemi, keeping Ekiti is to be preferred to the wild-goose chase of presidential ambition. At the very best, what he was angling for, according to some calculations, was the running mate ticket, especially at the point it appeared the APC ticket would go to the North. Once that became tenuous and the pendulum swung in the direction of the South, it became clear that the running mate slot for a Southerner was no longer on the cards.