The election of Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, the indisputable dean of the intellectual conclave of Nigerian politics, did not come to those that have their ears to the ground as a surprise. It is an idea well foreboded by his character and conduct as an emerging charismatic political icon. His rising profile as the unifying and ambidextrous political diplomat, who has been able to navigate intricate political landmines and manage complex bi-partisan negotiations within the very hazy and ever fluid Nigerian political climate, readily recommended him for this new role.
Indeed, contrary to some media frenzies of an impending intense contestation, Governor Kayode Fayemi, was, in actual fact, the consensus candidate of his progressive brothers. His candidature received an overwhelming support of the opposition PDP and APGA governors who see him as an embodiment of good breeding.
Since coming to political limelight, especially at the national level, Dr Fayemi as a political operative, has continued to represent the best of the nation’s centripetal tendencies. He not only has an absorbent nature that can tolerate a heterogeneous composition, his sagely pontification, visionary abstraction and generous broadmindedness have all positioned him for a time like this.
Dr. Sunday A. Aniyi,