Even before the 2023 general elections, Mr. Kayode Fayemi and former Lagos State governor Bola Tinubu may clash. They may not even have clash over the presidential ticket of the APC, but there is one particular matter that can cause clash between the two top politicians in the APC.
Recall that when the southwest governors went to greet Bola Tinubu at his residence, Fayemi was conspicuously absent. Explanations were provided, yet the two men and their political camps may clash in Ekiti State ahead of the gubernatorial election of the state.
Mr. Fayemi's tenure ends next year and he can't contest for the seat again. The constitution of the country doesn't allow a third term. But one common practice is that outgoing govenors want to put their loyalists in the office. Fayemi may not want to jettison the political culture.
Now, a loyalist of Bola Tinubu, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, has revealed that the camp loyal to the national leader of the APC will produce Fayemi's successor. The former minister, who heads the Southwest Agenda (SWAGA) made this known at a time the state (Ekiti) is gearing towards 2022 gubernatorial election.
From his statement, it can deducted that there are two or more factions in the Ekiti State chapter of the APC. One is loyal to Bola Tinubu while another is responsible to the state governor, Kayode Fayemi.
None of the two men have reacted to the statement made by Mr. Dayo Adeyeye. But one thing that is clear is that Adeyeye is from Ekiti State and he knows lots of things that take place over there. He can even be considered as the Tinubu's voice in the state. But would Fayemi watch while Tinubu and his loyalists take over the structure of APC in Ekiti State?
Note that Fayemi is the chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum. And by virtue of that, he will want to retain some power in Ekiti State after the completion of his own tenure. Although he may not vie for any other post after his tenure, he will want to manage some power in Ekiti State.
Therefore, it is most likely Tinubu and Fayemi clash over the APC ticket in Ekiti State. Tinubu may want to expand his tentacles to Ekiti and at the same time Fayemi won't want to lose his relevance in the state. Hence, the two men may clash over the development.
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