Governor Ayodele Fayose aka Osokomole loves to fight battles. He seems to covet the idea that fighting just anybody or just any cause helps him to hug the headlines or at least put him in the news always. And remember, for many a politician, bad news is good news. After he was badly shaken by the former 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers in his state in their ill-informed move to impeach him during their dying days in office as House members, many thought Governor Fayose, as he himself promised, would now rest a little, concentrate fully on governance and would think twice before picking up another battle. Before the 2015 elections, Fayose took on General Buhari the moment he emerged as APC presidential candidate, saying he was too old (at 72) to rule the country and insinuating he may die in office. He caused to be published in some national newspapers an advertorial carrying a coffin said to be Buhari’s. After the election and after PDP’s disastrous loss, the Ekiti governor took on the party’s National Chairman Adamu Mu’azu, saying he sold out to APC and should resign as chairman.
Now, Osokomole is at it again, incensed, fuming and fighting. This time his target is Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State. According to a recent newspaper report, Fayose reckons the process that threw up Mimiko aka Iroko as Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum was not tidy enough and that Mimiko ought not to be Chairman of PDP Governors. A few other PDP governors had joined in that rather belated battle. Their argument is: Mimiko just joined the party in October last year, though he was originally a member of the party but left around 2007 after he failed to get the party governorship ticket, and that he met others in PDP. Many would think Mimiko and Fayose are buddies. But fact is there has been a simmering conflict between them. When a few weeks after Mimiko rejoined PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan appointed him his Campaign Coordinator in the South-west for the just-concluded presidential election, Fayose did not like it and he told a few of his friends about it. Though Mimiko has his own problem for which many may not rise in his defence in the extant matter-his penchant treacherous ways-, but the same reason Fayose was not made Jonathan’s Coordinator is the same reason he cannot be Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum. Beyond his gangsterism, which many smart politicians may use to their advantage, how many will want to give Governor Fayose serious assignment to do. How stable and serious-minded is he?