Just few days after the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State lost the governorship election to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Ayodele Fayose has hinted of leaving the party to ensure his successor comes from his camp.
Fayose, who made his plans to leave PDP ahead the Ekiti State governorship election in 2018 known in Ikere-Ekiti, during a meeting with the members of the Suppliers’ Association of Nigeria, Ikere chapter, however said he was yet to settle for any of the political parties registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“I don’t know the platform I will use for the 2018 election yet and at the appropriate time, I will tell you. We are still studying the situation. We have to play the game left, right and centre and whoever we are going to use and the platform, you will all be part of the process because party politics is about the people”, he said.
Fayose decried the alleged monetisation of the just-concluded governorship election in Ondo state and cautioned that the APC should not think it will be allowed to do such in Ekiti come 2018.
According to him, the emergence of Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the candidate of APC in Ondo poll did not in any way threaten the supremacy of the PDP in Ekiti State, adding that his emergence did not confer legitimacy on the poll or lent credence to the fact that Ondo electorate voted rightly.
Fayose said, “You all saw how people sold their votes in Ondo State, I am confident that that will not happen in Ekiti. I am close to the people, you are the source of my strength. Even if it requires just 48 hours to any election, if I tell you where to go, you will surely follow me there.
“APC will be fooling itself if it thinks it will conquer Ekiti like it did in Ondo. Ekiti is a peculiar place and I am the man on ground here. I want to assure my supporters and Nigerians that APC won’t win a local government here in 2018, even if President Muhammadu Buhari moves down all the money in the federal government’s TSA.
“Governor Olusegun Mimiko and Eyitayo Jegede must have lost in Ondo State, but that does not mean the people had voted rightly. In 2015, people clamoured for change and what have we got now? Nigerians are becoming poorer than ever.
“Today, I am the only one among the APC governors in the Southwest. I am now like the nation of Israel surrounded by enemies, but I shall defeat and triumph over them. APC has never defeated me in any battle, either political or legal. Whether they like it or not, I will win in Ekiti no matter the animosity, because I have the people behind me.”
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