Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Ayodele Fayose, his predecessor, stole the show with a warm embrace at a ceremony in honour of Afe Babalola (SAN).
Revered lawyer Babalola was honoured with the 2018 Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership at an event, which took place at Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Wednesday.
Dignitaries such as Yakubu Gowon, former head of state, Emeka Anyaoku, former secretary-general of Commonwealth, prominent traditional rulers and politicians graced the occasion.
Fayemi, who delivered a speech, was walking to his seat when Fayose stood to greet him. Responding, Fayemi threw his arms wide open as both men got locked in a warm embrace, TheCable writes.
This was in spite of Fayemi’s veiled reference to Fayose over his “stomach infrastructure” policy.
“I am immensely proud that baba ( Afe Babalola) is from Ekiti. You have restored our values for us. With you around, at least no one can accuse us of being the state of stomach infrastructure. They will definitely regard us as the fountain of knowledge,” he said.
That didn’t stop Fayose from burying the hatchet and displaying a rare show of love.
Both men raised their hands in solidarity as sounds of clap and laughter erupted in the hall. The gesture was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the ceremony.
Fayemi defeated Kolapo Olusola, Fayose’s deputy and anointed candidate, in the last gubernatorial election in the state.