Fayemi: The Story Behind The Record Breaking Defeat, Humiliation and Sabotage
Although the Ekiti Governorship election has come and gone, won and lost,
checks by Pointblanknews.com reveal that Governor Kayode Fayemi, and his
team, plus a few external factors were responsible for the unprecedented
beating he received at the polls last Saturday.
Pundits expressed worry at the results because it was unprecedented for a
sitting Governor to lose in every local government. Most wards in his
local government he lost to Ayo Fayose. His deputy, members of the House,
Senators, Special Advisers were all disgraced in their local governments
by a man so many believed connected with the grassroots.
The factors that did him in, include strings of reversal of policies put
in place by Governor-Elect, Ayo Fayose and Ex Governor Segun Oni, the
attitude of his elitist and aloof kitchen cabinet including commissioners,
and the Bola Ahmed Tinubu's factor . The Tinubu's angles made some pundits
suggest Fayemi could have been sabotaged.
Trouble started for Fayemi when shortly after he came to power, decided to
reverse all policies that put some extra cash in the pockets of civil
servants and teachers, put in place by Fayose.
First was the teachers' pecuniary allowance which saw a 27.5 per cent hike
in their take home. Fayemi stopped it shortly after he came, and after
long drawn drama, negotiations, he agreed to make it 16 per cent. This was
a temporary relief but the teachers vowed to stop him, despite his
desperate last minute promise few weeks before election, to return to
Then there was the Teachers development Needs Assessment (TDNA), fashioned
like the Edo state model. For over a year, the teachers said no to it
because it was designed to kick out a large number of them.
There was also the Service Reclassification exercise, which saw tons of
High school principals demoted to vice principals and vice principals
moved back to class teachers. Their primary school counterparts boycotted
the exercise, but when it was few weeks to election Fayemi said he would
stop it, but they did not buy it.
Checks also revealed that some key members of Fayemi's kitchen cabinet had
advised to play along until after election. Sources hinted that most of
those teachers who led the protest against need assessment were penciled
down for sack after election. This was the idea of Education commissioner,
Dr Eniola Ajayi, Pointblanknews.com learnt.
During Fayose and Oni there was what was called leave bonus for the
workers, with the excuse of paucity of funds, Fayemi stopped it. Also
before Fayemi came, no Ekiti pensioner or retiree was owed a dime by
Fayose and Oni. As at today , a long list of pension arrears and
gratuities are outstanding. As usual when Fayose entered the race Fayemi
went on air to promise he would pay up, but they did not trust him and
vowed to push him out.
Pointblanknews.com's chat with some students revealed that they were very
unhappy with Fayemi who failed to bring succor to them. Their problem were
school fees and bursary. According to our checks when he was made Governor
via Salamigate, Fayemi promised to cut fees from N80,000 to N40,000, but
after he resumed office fees went up to N150,000. As usual few weeks to
election he tried to woo the students with a promise of a downward review.
They did not buy it.
There was also the issue of bursary and scholarship stopped by Fayemi.
Under him the state scholarship board was comatose unlike under Oni.
Fayemi gave so much publicity to six students he claimed he gave
scholarship to the consternation of parents and students.
Pointblanknews.com learnt that during Oni 3000 indigent student got
scholarship. Phd in Nigeria got N500,000, while those who went abroad got
N1million. Msc got N500,000( Nigeria ) and N300,000 for those in Nigeria.
There was also a plan by Fayemi to ban the use of commercial motorcycles
(Okada) as a means of transportation in the Ado Ekiti metropolis.
Fayemi had no substantive local Government chairman inplace, all were his
surrogates, who were caretaker chairmen. This made most of those at that
level to move away from him because some of the ex council bosses had no
opportunity to return. They gravitated towards Fayose.
Then there was the Tinubu issue. Tinubu had fought hard to get the All
Progressive Congress to zone the VP slot to the South West. Ordinarily
there was nothing wrong with it, but the problem was Tinubu wanted to
occupy that slot which would make it a Muslim/Muslim ticket.
Some APC Governors and stakeholders did not like the image the pick would
give the party so asked Tinubu to shop for someone else. Lagos Governor
Babatude Fashola's name came up but his religion knocked him out, so the
best choice became Fayemi. This did not go down well with Tinubu who
believed Fayemi was one of those who kicked against him. Moreover he saw
Fayemi as too independent minded, so his support for his re election was
mere lip service. Did he sabotage Fayemi, no one can tell for now.
But another school disagrees. They insist Tinubu backed Fayemi even before
the election. According to them, it was Tinubu who insisted there should
be no primary, which vexed Opeyemi Bamidele, and led to his exit. They
also claim it was Tinubu that was behind what happened to Bamidele in the
House or Representatives when he was removed as leader Ekiti caucus. The
latter group pointed to the directive given by Tinubu to the House members
to reverse their decision for sake of peace.
The fight between Bamidele and Fayemi, sources say further weakened his
already weak structure.
According to our source, so many of those close to Fayemi misled him,
insisted he snubbed Bamidele who was a key member of his caucus, This
eroded some of his base.
Then there was the Obas angle. Tinubu had insulted them at the Awujale of
Ijebuland's palace during the latter's birthday. The Ooni of Ife, Oba
Sijuwade had taken a shot at Tinubu after his diatribe. This,
pointblanknews.com sources hinted, signaled a bad omen for the APC in the
There are also indications that the Afenifere and some other groups in the
South West outside the APC are not comfortable with Tinubu's dominant
Also, for several weeks' doctors in General Hospitals and state teaching
hospitals downed tools. Problem was the refusal by Fayemi to implement
the Consolidate Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS). This was in place
during Fayose and Oni.
According to Pointblankews.com checks, two prominent members of Fayemi's
kitchen cabinet did not do much to connect him with the indigent and
grassroots fellows. His Chief of Staff who was Director of Communications,
Yemi Daramola alienated so many. He was defector deputy Governor and quite
arrogant. He was touted as the guy who would succeed Fayemi in 2018. He
was alleged to have a hit squad who attacked some Labor members in Emure
where Folusho Ogundare was killed.
Then they had the Director-General John Kayode Fayemi campaign
organization currently a member of the House in Abuja. He led an elite
corp for Fayemi who felt all that matters were Abuja and Ado Ekiti. It was
gathered that he was one of those who messed up the Fayemi campaign and
quest to return due to arrogance and naivety.
A development economist, Ayo Simpson Ilesanmi said “Dr. Fayemi is a
gentleman, a strategist and a PHD holder. All these are statement of
facts, but it has nothing to do with what he supported, what threw him up,
how he became the APC's candidate was nothing near democratic.
“Dr. Fayemi fought unnecessary battle with teachers, local government
teachers and the labour union; the olive branch waived at the twilight of
the election did not change anything, as they have made up their mind to
deal with him.” He said
According to him “The other APC governors should resist the temptation of
fighting the single block of voters that could be relied upon in time of
election. If Gov Oshiomole were to seek re- election, it would have been
interesting to see how he would have pulled through. Any serious
opposition must understand the politics of labour.”
There are related questions from pundits that may need answers. For
example, did Ekiti State electorate vote for Fayose, or did they vote
against Fayemi? Would they have voted this enthusiastically even if Fayose
weren't on the ballot? What role did party affiliations play? How would
things have played out were Fayose to be the candidate of a lesser-known
party, without the intimidating financial and logistical support of the
PDP? And, to stretch things somewhat improbably, what would have changed
were the incidence and extent of poverty to suddenly and remarkably fall