How Fayose lost Ekiti
recognisable. Perhaps the only other person that could draw nationwide recognition was Senator Biodun Olujumi, the Senate Deputy Minority Whip. She was the only one standing who refused to defect after other nationally recognisable persons had left. Among those who left the party for Fayose were Senator Gbenga Aluko, Senator Ayo Arise, former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran; former chairman of the state chapter of the party, Ropo Adesanya; former PDP spokesman Taiwo Olatunbosun, former minister of agriculture, Senator Bode Olowoporoku, Ambassador Dare Bejide, former Deputy Governor Bisi Omoyeni, former Speaker Clement Akinyemi, former Speaker Femi Bamisile. Besides members of the House of Assembly, Fayose’s former commissioner for justice also left his cabinet and the party and defected to the APC. Unarguably, the most decisive blow on Fayose could have been the last minute defection of former national PDP publicity secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye. Prince Adeyeye was a collaborator with Fayose in the victory of 2014 and had served as a minister in the Goodluck Jonathan administration under whose tenure the election that brought back Fayose was done. Was there a covenant between both men at the time of the 2014 election? No one among the two has said so, but Adeyeye felt sufficiently betrayed and disappointed after the primaries to defect from the PDP. He left the PDP despite publicly claiming that the primary election in which he took second place was free and fair. Adeyeye subsequently was able to pull many leading patrons of the PDP to move with him to the APC, notably including some members of the House of Assembly. Last weekend, Adeyeye was given the role of coordinating two local governments, Ise Orun and Emure Local Government Areas. The PDP won Emure by 7,121 votes to 7,048 votes a margin of 73 votes. In his native Ise Orun, the APC won by 11,908 votes to the 6,297 votes polled by PDP, a margin of 5,611 votes which has proved to be the highest margin of victory for either party in all 16 local government areas of the state. Fayose would undoubtedly be ruing the fact that he perhaps could have put in more effort to mollify his former friend, Adeyeye. Even before the results were collated, Adeyeye had proved his mettle when he delivered his polling booth to Fayemi by 92% with 175 votes to the 15 scored by the PDP. Brash and Brawn Governor Fayose had won nationwide popularity with his streetwise attitude, but it is doubtful if that attitude won him any serious approval among the Ekiti who have the reputation of having the most schooled persons in the country. A victory for Eleka would probably have radically altered the perception of the governor of Ekiti State, but it would also have meant that Faysoe had gotten away with his streetwise habit. That was probably an issue for many Ekiti people!