Dr Kayode  Fayemi

Dr Kayode Fayemi

Governor of Ekiti State

Date of Birth: 09/02/1965
Place of Birth: Isan-Ekiti

Education: West African School Certificate, Christ’s School, Ado Ekiti, 1980; Higher School Certificate, Federal School of Arts and Science, Ondo, 1980-82; BA, University of Lagos, 1982-85; International Relations, University of Ife, Ile-Ife, 1987; PhD, War Studies, King’s College, London, 1993.

Career: Lecturer, Nigeria Police Training Centre, Sokoto, 1985-86; Research Officer, Development and Management Consultants, Ikeja, 1989; Research Officer, African Research and Information Bureau, London, 1991-93; Strategy Development Advisor, Deptford City Challenge, London, 1993-95; Secretary General, Media Empowerment for Africa, 1995-97; Director, Centre for Democracy and Government, 1997-06; challenger, election results, Ekiti State, 2007 to 2010. Governor, Ekiti State, October 2010 to 2014. He conceded defeat to the candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Ayo Fayose, after the gubernatorial elections in June 2014.

Commentary: Fayemi contested the Ekiti State elections for governor against Oni in 2007 and 2009. An appeal he lodged against Olusegun Oni’s 2007 victory resulted in a rerun election attended by controversy and violence. In May 2009, it was announced Fayemi had lost the rerun and had to go back to the courts but the appeals court overturned the decision and Fayemi was sworn in as Governor of Ekiti State in October 2010, after having fought for four years in the courts to win the governorship stolen from him by the PDP’s Segun Oni.

Fayemi is a former Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development, a research and training institution. He founded and ran the underground Radio Kudirat radio transmissions that irked General Abacha while he was dictator. Radio Kudirat was funded by and named after Kudirat Abiola, wife of Moshood Abiola who Abacha imprisoned for stating he won annulled presidential elections.  

Dr Fayemi spoke to Africa Confidential about the election crisis in Ekiti State in May 2009.


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Oil, the political lubricant

The APC-run states in the south-west, especially Lagos under Governor Babatunde Fashola and Ekiti under Kayode Fayemi, won a reputation for high accountability and more effective social spending...

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The Jonathan surge

The APC incumbent, Kayode Fayemi, lost to Ayo Fayose by a wide margin after a brutal campaign...

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Ekiti, the shape of things to come

Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi, representing the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), had campaigned on a platform of three and half years of social reform and trying to cut corruption in the civil service...

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Small earthquake, President slightly hurt

There are a few exceptions in the APC strongholds in the south-west, where support for Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola and his counterpart in Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi, is based on their popularity but also on their policies, which have palpably improved schools and health services, and cleaned up the environment...

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Opposition on all fronts

There are strong ACN candidates for the presidential or vice-presidential nomination, such as state governors Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos), Kayode Fayemi (Ado Ekiti), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) and Adams Oshiomole (Edo)...

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Governors, godfathers and guts

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, who has a good track record after fighting a three-year court battle to overturn a fraudulent PDP victory in 2007, saw his ACN party win all three Senate seats in the state and control of the State Assembly...

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Jonathan’s primary colours

The ACN’s choice of youngish candidates to run for the National and State Assemblies and its voter registration campaign among younger Nigerians is working, as is its pick of credible governorship candidates such as Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti State...

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Atiku, Buhari and Ribadu - the great northern hopes

Yet the PDP is losing its political dominance, especially in the south: Kayode Fayemi of the ACN overturned the 2007 election of the PDP's Segun Oni as Governor of Ekiti State in an epic legal battle and was sworn in on 16 October; on 26 November, the ACN's Rauf Aregbesola was declared Governor of Osun State after the courts overturned the election of the PDP's Olagunsoye Oyinlola; and Great Ovedje Ogboru of the Democratic People's Party has persuaded the courts to annul the governorship election of the PDP's Emmanuel Uduaghan in Delta State...

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Ailing president, procrastinating politics

Gubernatorial candidate for the Action Congress (AC) in Ekiti State (AC Vol 48 No 9), Kayode Fayemi has battled the might of the PDP's control of local election machinery to prove massive rigging by his opponenet Segun Oni...

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Votes that don't add up

The rerun pitted the People's Democratic Party (PDP) incumbent, Segun Oni, against Kayode Fayemi of the opposition Action Congress (AC)...

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