Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has urged people from the South West region to resist any attempt to ridicule embattled former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Fayose Who made the call on Friday night at his Afao-Ekiti country home when he played host to Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Bola Agboola. Fayose said Tinubu does not deserve to be crucified by his political mentees adding that he sacrificed a lot to groom them.
“I am not championing the course of Tinubu. I am not in the position to do that, but there is no denying the fact that Tinubu is a prominent Yoruba leader, whether in APC or in PDP. Fayose is a prominent son of Yoruba nation. For me, Tinubu, has paid his dues, I stand by that. I have not seen Tinubu after the Ekiti election by any means. We haven’t even met at a function or see him passed. I will not sit down in any corner to shoot down Tinubu. I am not a member of APC and I will never be. But I supported Governor Fayemi to be governor by Tinubu’s influence at a time,” the former Governor said.
Fayose said he would not leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), despite the crisis in the party in the state and region.
“if we are fighting in PDP, let us fight it inside PDP. People who have been jumping ship are armed robbers. They are being driven by greed and inordinate ambition. These are indications of the type of leaders we have in our country who are without ideology. They go for only what they feel would benefit them. Governor Umahi’s joining APC after benefiting several positions in PDP was unprincipled. We do not accept the excuses given by the governor. I am not satisfied with some things in PDP, but, leaving the party will not equally solve the problems” he said.
On his political differences with Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde, he said, “There is nothing to worry about. If Governor Seyi Makinde and I have issues, Nigerians should not worry themselves about that. I was the one who went to flag off Governor Makinde campaign in Ogbomoso. Whether he is backing Senator Olujimi or not, the fact remains that the struggle for the control of party’s structures in Ekiti has come and gone. So why do we have to fight over spilled milk? We won the congresses, but they are in court, if the court says it’s Olujimi that is right, we would follow her and if the court says she has no case, they should join us so that we can move the party forward.”
The former Ekiti leader called on Agboola to return to the party.