Two days ago, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state hinted he might be looking outside PDP for his successor come 2018 (read here). Many political analysts interpreted it to mean he was planning to join the ruling party APC. Fayose has come out to refute this rumor and also stated that he will never leave PDP despite its internal crisis. Read a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, after the cut…
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has dispelled the news making the rounds that he planned to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, saying, I am a PDP member and I remain a PDP member.
“What I said is that if the current man-made crisis rocking the PDP persists till 2018, rather than allow them mess us up like they did in Ondo, we may have to seek an alternative and credible platform. We are not people who betray the confidence of our people. If there will be change at all, it will not be spur-of-the-moment. We shall carry our leaders and the people along”, he added.
In a statement released at Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose lambasted those distorting his statements and peddling the unfounded rumour as mischief-makers and agents of dark and evil forces, which will never have the upper hand in Ekiti.
All men and women of goodwill, backed up by God, he said, will, in the fullness of time, roll back and roll away those oppressive, repressive, and satanic forces; their sinister motives and anti-people agenda will be quashed in Nigeria.
He described the suggestion that he was getting ready to dump PDP as sheer misrepresentation and deliberate falsehood.
“You don’t just walk out of relationships just like that”, he said, adding that he was being misrepresented for political gains by those who do not wish PDP, Nigeria and Nigerians well.
“Despite its orchestrated leadership problems, PDP remains the stronger party in Nigeria today; by far stronger and more cohesive than any other party in the country. The PDP still remains a solid, nationalistic, and pro-people political party”, he added
While he agreed that there may be some cancerous elements in PDP, he expressed firm confidence that, sooner than later, the judiciary will separate the wheat from the chaff and PDP shall be one again, strong, virile and united party again. We must all join hands to change the deceit called CHANGE and take back Nigeria for Nigerians.
While expressing optimism that PDP will come out of its present challenges stronger and better than before, Gov. Fayose said: “Nigerians have a lot of respect for me and my voice. This I cannot trade for a piece of morsel like the biblical Esau”.
“I want to say categorically that the shenanigans of Ondo governorship elections cannot be repeated in Ekiti; they delude themselves if they think they can. I want to assure them that I am not a General without an army.
“I want to also assure them that even if they bring all the funds in Treasury Single Account (TSA) to Ekiti in 2018, supported by all the machinery the Presidency can muster, they will be treated like the Philistines and Egyptians of the Bible. I am the Biblical Israel that has never and can never be defeated”
“The fact that they rigged PDP out of Ondo state does not mean that they won the hearts of the people. Sooner than later, the joy they procured by dubious means will turn into ashes in their mouths. Their so-called victory is nothing but pyrrhic.