The drama between the incumbent governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi and his predecessor, Ayodele Fayose seems to have started to give way to a mutual respect as both men were seen hugging each other at an event in Lagos on Wednesday.
Both dignitaries were invited to a ceremony that was organized in honour of Afe Babalola, a well respected lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria from Ekiti state who was decorated with the 2018 Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership at Harbour Point in Victoria Island, Lagos.
For a brief moment, it appeared both men cast their differences aside after Fayemi concluded a speech where he shaded Fayose while commending the achievement Afe Babalola for restoring their value and dispelling the notion that Ekiti is a state of stomach infrastructure.
Despite the criticism, Fayose extended his hand to shake Fayemi as he was making his way to his seat and the governor responded by throwing his hand around Fayose and they both hugged each other.
This gesture between the two men who vehemently attacked each other in the past caused a loud cheer and applause from the audience.
Many people regarded the brief moment of love and brotherhood as a deserving courtesy in honour of Afe Babalola.
There’s no telling if the gesture will continue, but for what it’s worth, it gives a glimpse of reconciliation between Ayodele Fayose who was in a bitter rivalry with Kayode Fayemi over who will take over the reigns as governor in Ekiti state.