The build up to the just concluded Ekiti State Governorship election has been one of the most interesting in the country since the return of democracy in 1999.

Many would still remember as Governor Fayose was showering prayers on his deputy and candidate of the People's Democratic Party, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka in the build up to the election.

As if that was not enough, Fayose appeared on television with a neck brace and a bandaged hand two days to the election.

He accused the police of firing teargas into the government house to disperse his party's rally.

Fayose prides himself as the 'chief tormentor' of President Muhammadu Buhari and he has never hidden his dislike for the president.

He had on several occasion called out the president on national issues while also presenting himself as the voice of those allegedly oppressed by the Buhari-led administration.

When Fayose defeated then incumbent Kayode Fayemi in a landslide victory in 2014, he practically became a force to reckon with in Ekit State.

It was believed that he could not have achieved that feat without the assistance of the Goodluck Jonathan-led federal government.

Fayemi in an interview talked about how “federal forces” allegedly rigged the election in favour of Fayose, then candidate of the PDP.

According to him, “the election was not about Ekiti, it was turned to federal forces against APC in the state. We saw the federal forces at play in the election and they were undisguised in their desperation. 

"When security agents that are supposed to be neutral for example go round picking party leaders the night before an election and party anchors on the day of election in a coordinated and choreographed manner with no charge levelled against them, clearly you had a pre-determined end that you are seeking.”

Heavy military presence was recorded in the state and it was alleged that soldiers went about intimidating voters opposed to the emergence of Fayose as governor.

Fayemi, who was gallant in defeat, congratulated Fayose and quietly packed his personal effects from the government house in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

The emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as president paved way for Fayemi to salvage what was left of his dented political image.

He was appointed the Minister of Solid Minerals by the president, a portfolio he held until 2018 when he resigned to run for the Ekiti Governorship election.

His interest to become the governor for the second time after losing out in 2014 did not come on a platter gold.

He had to wriggle through the rigour of governorship primaries of the All Progressive Congress, APC.

'Fayose Shot Himself In the Neck'

As the election day drew near, the main gladiators, Kayode Fayemi and Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka, intensified campaigns.

While Fayemi was banking on the electorate's good will and federal might to win, Eleka was banking on the influence of his boss, Governor Fayose to make it happen.

Well, one cannot really blame Eleka as he was hand-picked by Fayose and he had no choice than to do the bidding of his master.

Fayose became the campaign director, organiser and financier as he was seen at every campaign ground.

He was seen even more than Eleka, the flagbearer of the party.

Fayose became the face of the campaign and Nigerians began to wonder who was actually running for governor.

Oshoko as he is called by his supporters was leaving nothing to chance.

He was hell bent on installing his stooge as governor as his political relevance was at stake not minding the negative impact this was having on the image of Eleka.

Fayose went as far as pulling all the tricks in the book as it was alleged that eligible voters were paid N4,000 each to cast their votes for the PDP candidate on the eve of the election - The same people who have not been paid their salaries for 9 months.

Not to be left behind in the highest bidder wins it all game, APC allegedly paid voters as much as N5,000 to swing the votes in their favour.


When the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) early Sunday morning declared Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the election, it was obvious that Fayose had a role to play in the defeat of his anointed.

Fayemi polled 197,459 to beat Prof. Kolapo Olusola of the People’s Democratic Party who scored 178,121 votes.

The question most Nigerians were asking was how Fayose expected workers who have been deprived their monthly stipends for nine months to vote for PDP.

A hungry man they say is an angry man, so it was apparent the electorate voted against Fayose for his past sins and not necessarily because Eleka was not sellable

Fayemi, however has the next four years to prove whether the mandate entrusted to him by the Ekiti people was not a mistake.

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