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Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has anointed his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as his successor. But, some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have objected to it. They believe that former Minister of State for Works Prince Dayo Adeyeye will be a more better candidate. Assistant Editor GBADE OGUNWALE examines the struggle for succession in the opposition party.

It was Wednesday, January 24. A mammoth crowd roared in ecstatic frenzy, defying the sting of the scorching afternoon sun. Men, women, old and young had trooped to the streets in their numbers. The motorcade moved slowly through the main Ado-Ekiti-Ikere Road, setting the ancient town agog. Chants of “Adeyeye la fe” (We want Adeyeye) echoed. Decked in a white kaftan and an Awo cap to match, Prince Dayo Adeyeye popped out of the open roof of a black SUV, waving in all directions as he acknowledged cheers from the crowd of residents. A sea of heads had taken over the entire road, forming some kilometres of slow-moving human traffic behind the motorcade. The journey to Adeyeye’s declaration ground, located directly opposite his campaign office on Ikere Road, took some hours to accomplish. When the motorcade eventually arrived at the venue, the team of security agents who accompanied the motorcade and the ones at the venue had a hectic job navigating the aspirant through the crowd. It was difficult to persuade the army of singing and dancing supporters to give their man time and space to address…



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