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Gov. Kayode Fayemi’s 14 ‘wise men’

Dr. Kayode Fayemiyemi

By Ayodele Oni

At last, Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, early this week forwarded to the State’s House of Assembly names of 14 persons to be appointed as commissioners. Two days after, the assembly, dominated by card carrying members of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) ratified the names.

They are to be sworn in on Tuesday.
One glaring thing about these new commissioners is the fact that majority of them, at least not less than eight, served with Dr Fayemi during his first term as governor, 2012 to 2016. They were among those that misguided and misdirected him, which led to his defeat by Mr. Ayo Fayose during the 2015 governorship election.
There is, however, the assertion that Dr Fayemi, during his sojourn in Abuja as a minister used the period to undergo more training at the school of politics which tremendously assisted him during his second coming. This fact can be more attested to by the way he bulldozed his way during the governorship primary of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) which earned him the ticket of the party.
He was the last person out of over 20 contestants to come out and yet he won the primary. Fayemi’s political wizardry is further noticed in the way that he has now somehow become a schemer especially in the south west, his political zone, as well as a crisis solver – Ondo and Osun states can attest to this.
But can we say this about his new commissioner nominees, some of who got their appointments as compensation for supporting Dr Fayemi during the party primary. Due to the fact that he came out late into the race, the frontrunners had garnered and wooed virtually all known figures in the APC to their camp, but these people were still playing the waiting game and stayed back until their man joined the race.
Also noticeable is the fact that apart from Mr. Olumilua, the son of the former executive governor of old Ondo state, Chief Bamidele Olumilua, all the nominees are members of the JKF family comprising mainly those that worked for him during the primaries.
Supporters of other aspirants are still waiting for what becomes of their fate during this second term of Dr Fayemi. Will he keep to his threat that none of them will taste dividends of democracy within the next four years? This manifested during the nomination of candidates for positions at the national and state assemblies, as only members of the JKF family got tickets.
Even in the few appointments he has made so far, it has been a case of ‘man know man.’ No “opposition” member has made the list and this is contrary to Dr Fayemi’s promise before the last election that all those that worked for the victory of the party would be accommodated.
With the elections concluded and commissioners designate due for inauguration next Tuesday, those not within the famous JKF dynasty within the APC in Ekiti state seem to have lost out completely in the power game and the next four years seems bleak for them.
A member of the JKF group from Ilejemeje local government, while defending the choice of Mr Folorunso Olabode as a commissioner for the second time, said he deserved it because he was the first and only leader in the area that identified with Fayemi when he came knocking and that part of politics is that you reap from where you sow.

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