Repeated gossips going round in Ekiti of the adoption of Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Nigeria’s Minister of Mines Development as anointed choice of President Muhammadu Buhari for the July 2018 governorship election in the state has been denied.
The adoption was rumoured to be at the instance of a former governor of the state, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, who is believed to be one of the strong backers of Fayemi to return to the Ekiti Governor’s Office later this year.
Adebayo was said to have taken Dr. Fayemi before the President as the state’s choice from the party and then secured Buhari’s nod as preferred candidate for the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Ekiti.
But the lid had been blown open on the falsehood in a statement signed by Dr Tunde Ojo on behalf of the Ekiti Paramount Club.
“The attention of the above club has been drawn to the meeting between Otunba Niyi Adebayo and Senator Gbenga Aluko in Abuja.
At this meeting, Otunba Niyi Adebayo was reported to have offered Aluko the post of deputy governor to Fayemi, or the Ekiti South Senatorial ticket slot provided he dropped his governorship aspiration to support the Minister.
However, feeling very insulted, Aluko reportedly told the former Governor that Fayemi was nowhere near politics when he was already a Senator, therefore rejected the offer as a ‘Greek gift’ and unacceptable to him.
According to the statement, Aluko having been angered by Adebayo’s antics, told the former governor that he knew how falsehood had been sold to the public on the adoption of Fayemi by President Buhari.
He said the short meeting that transpired in Aso Rock Presidential Villa between Buhari and the duo of Dr Kayode Fayemi alongside Otunba Niyi Adebayo had nothing to do with the Ekiti politics as the President had made it clear that he would stay neutral on who emerges as APC’s candidate at primaries.
He said the meeting was purely held for Adebayo to express gratitude to the President for naming the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti after his late father, Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo who died in March, 2017.
The Federal Government had renamed the Federal University, Oye Ekiti after the Governor of the old western region.
The statement stated how the former governor apologized to Aluko, cautioning him not to leak the discussion of the meeting to the press as he would deny it.
Ekiti Paramount Club therefore cautioned Dr. Fayemi not to adopt desperation in his bid to return to power and advised him to vacate the scene when ovation was at the loudest, saying “his comeback would spell doom not only to the APC but to the state at large.