In politics there is no permanent friend (enemy), the only thing that is matter is permanent is self interest, says the cliché.
This became more evident on Monday as the former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti, Dr. Tope Aluko who, about two months back, made earth shaking revelation that he witnessed the rigging of Ayo Fayose, the Ekiti State Governor into office in 2014 governorship election in the state, has now put the gear in reverse and reconciled with Fayose.
Aluko had told journalists in Abuja that former President Goodluck Jonathan and Musiliu Obanikoro allegedly spent $37m to rig Fayose into office as Ekiti Governor with the help of the military and police.
Aluko who had confessed on live TV that he was releasing what he called secrets of how the Ekiti election was rigged because Governor Ayo Fayose did not fulfill his promise of appointing him Chief of Staff.
But has decided now to sing a new song, saying, his confession should be put in the dustbin of history – useless.
Ekiti State Government had after the confession dragged Aluko to court for Perjury, saying he knowingly gave false claims, as a defence witness to Fayose at the Election Tribunal, that his (Fayose’s) election was free.
In the new less-than-two-minute video, which was shot in Lagos on Saturday, Fayose was seen standing beside Aluko, answering questions from journalists.
Fayose told journalists in the video that if he leaves Aluko to the whole world, who would be there for him.
“I am his father, I am his brother, whatever the past has held for all of us, I am still his father,” Fayose said.
Asked if he has forgiven Aluko, Fayose said, “Whether you are talking of forgiveness, Aluko remains my son, my boy… whatever he has said, it is time to move forward.”
Aluko told journalists that everything was behind now.
“This is about peace, this is about misunderstanding, this is about talking together, this is about family coming in, this is about well-meaning Nigerians coming in and that’s what we have achieved,” Aluko said.
Obviously, Fayose is having the last laugh.