The battle of who will be the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the November 2, 2019 election has gone far beyond the state, and has pitted many leaders of the party against one another.
Investigations revealed that on one side are those seen as ‘Presidency Boys’ and on the other are those labelled as ‘Leaders of the party.’
In the first group are Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, outgoing Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and the Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi.
The second group has former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole as the arrowheads.
Fayemi, on his part, wants to reciprocate Governor Yahaya Bello for the tremendous support Bello gave him during the governorship election in Ekiti State last July.
Apart from bringing to Ekiti a lot of his aides and funds, Bello also helped canvass for Fayemi among his Ebira people in Ekiti.
Ekiti has a large population of Ebira people and they rank second after the local people in terms of population.
Also, Fayemi, Akeredolu and Amosun are not among the foot soldiers of Tinubu in the South-West.
Tinubu and his group, who are also nursing presidential ambition come 2023, are looking to further expand their territories.
Already, they are pulling their weight behind Mr. Babatunde Irukera, a top shot in the Nigerian Consumer Protection Agency.
Part of their plans is to adopt direct primaries to select the APC candidate for the election.
They know that Bello is not popular among the Igala people who are more than 50 percent of the voters, as well as among the Yoruba-speaking Kogi people who even voted the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the recent general elections.
The Tinubu group knows that it would be better not to allow Bello secure the APC ticket because if he does, all of them would be forced to ensure victory at the poll.