It was a scene of hilarious yet confusing drama as suspected thugs removed the cap of former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, during a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally in Ondo state.
In a now-viral video, the former governor was making his way up to the podium at the grand campaign of Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) ahead of the Ondo guber election when suspected hoodlums moved towards him and removed his cap.
Fayose, who was in the midst of party supporters when the incident happened, was also threatened — prompting the former governor to call for his protection, saying he must not be killed the same way Chief Bola Ige was murdered.
Globalgistng understands that Bola Ige, a senior Nigerian lawyer and former minister of justice, was murdered in December 2001 shortly after his cap was removed at the palace of Ooni of Ife.
Speaking after the disturbing episode, the former governor said he would “make a formal report of the incidence to the security agencies” Fayose, who echoed that the incident must not be taken with levity, also promised to report to the relevant party authorities.
In his words: “The masterminds had it all planned and they followed it up by celebrating what they saw as the success of their plot. . . That’s how late Chief Bola Ige’s cap was removed in Ile Ife, Osun State then and we all know what happened later.
“So it was not an accident, it was planned. But those who planned it only succeeded in advertising their political myopism because the popularity of the brand Ayo Fayose, Osokomole cannot be rubbished by such a childish act.”
Fayose said he would not be cowed from saying the truth concerning the running of the party in the southwest region.
The former governor is having a running battle with the PDP bigwig in Lagos state, Chief Bode Geroge.
It was earlier reported that the crisis in the PDP over the leadership control in the southwest has taken a new expression.
In a fresh series of crisis, the aides of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state and the former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, engaged in a verbal face-off as the feud between their principals intensified.
Governor Makinde is allegedly willing to take over the control of the opposition party, a move objected to by Fayose who is one of the veteran bigwigs of the party from the southwest.