Fayose, Mimiko 'REALIGN' With An APC Governor To Chase PDP, APC Out Of South-west
The secret of this new political set up was revealed by a former aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode in his latest article titled "The coming realignment in Yorubaland"
Fani-Kayode in the article x-rayed his admiration for the trio of Mimiko, Fayose and of course Aregbesola. he, however, mentioned that the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, who recently joined his Ekiti counterpart in the celebration the State 20th years anniversary had told the former that "there will be a realignment of political forces both in and outside of the south-west very soon"
The former Aviation Minister said;
"The other significant event is the rapprochement and blooming friendship that exists between two sons of the Yoruba both of whom I have immense respect and affection for. Like Mimiko I have a SPECIAL place in my heart for them both and this has been so for many years.""The first is my brother Ayo Fayose whose courage is second to none and the second is Rauf Aregbesola who is a yoruba nationalist to the core and who is, in my VIEW, the brightest and the best within the ranks of the APC.""Then comes Rauf Aregbesola who I got to know well in 2013. What I found the most attractive and most extraordinary about him was his loyalty to any cause that he commits himself to coupled with his total and complete faithfulness and fidelity to his political associates and friends and particularly to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu under whom he served as Commissioner for Works.""Apart from that few know that he is an expert and authority on Yoruba ancient history and this informs and feeds his very rare and distinct sense of Yoruba nationalism.""I have written about him on several occasions over the years and despite the fact that I disagree fundamentally with him on a number of issues and we do not belong to the same party my admiration and respect for him remains intact and unshakeable.""We may all have our differences in terms of political party affiliation but one thing is clear: as he rightly told Fayose during their recent meeting in Ado Ekiti a few days ago, there will be a realignment of political forces both in and outside of the south west very soon. There is no question about the fact that he is right about that.""And when that time comes we all need to wise up, smell the coffee and accept the fact that we must stand together as one in ORDER to defend the interest of our people.""When the lion and the tiger stand shoulder to shoulder in defence of the castle it makes it very difficult for the jackals and the bandits to mount the walls and take the gates."Earlier this years, Governor Ayodele Fayose made a surprise visit to Rauf Aregbesola in Osogbo, where both governors had a secret meeting.The meeting, which was strongly condemned and not well conceived by the All Progressives Congress in Osun.Just last week, despite the current political differences, Aregbesola also, in a surprise manner, stormed Ado-Ekiti, the state capital to honoured an invitation on the 20th anniversary of the creation of the State. In Ado Ekiti, Ogbeni was quoted to have said "there will be a realignment of political forces both in and outside of the south-west very soon."
No doubt, Aregbesola is a staunch supporter and loyalist of the embattled National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Already, speculations are rife that Tinubu may be plotting a return to the party that earned him the governorship of Lagos State in 1999 over the recent rify between him and the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
Tinubu vented his anger on Oyegun over his rejection of the recommendations of the three-member Election Appeal Committee chaired by Mrs. Helen Bendega, which called for cancellation of the poll that produced Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), and the submission of his name to INEC by the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun was the cause of the cold war betweenTinubu and the latter.
Tinubu, while demanding for the resignation of Odigie-Oyegun, accused the former Edo State governor of treating with disdain the joint petition written by Chiefs Oke, Olusegun Abraham and Senator Ajayi Borrofice rejecting the outcome of the primary that produced Akeredolu.
While the national leader backed Abraham for the ticket, forces in the Presidency supported Akeredolu, who was president of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).
2019 may be far, but politically it is near. If the realignment as mentioned by Aregbesola sees the light of the day, is Alliance for Democracy the new political frond, or will there be formation of new party? Only time will tell