Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, said he cannot contemplate joining the ruling All Progressives Progress (APC) even if for any reason he has to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), particularly the practice of use and dump adopted by the leadership.
A press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said Fayose who was addressing a gathering in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, cited the case of the National Leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu, who was instrumental to the formation of the party and worked tirelessly for its victory in the 2015 general elections, only to be abandoned by those he helped to power.
Fayose was quoted as saying: “Some people have been making overtures to me to join the APC, but I cannot join them. With what have they repaid somebody like Asiwaju Tinubu? He worked and helped the party to secure victory but has been dumped. That is not a party I would be interested in joining.
“One thing I would not allow is for anybody to rubbish our leaders in the South-West. Our leaders, including Asiwaju Tinubu must be accorded their due respect, as any attempt to rubbish them will be taken as a slap on the entire Yoruba race,” he added.
The clarification by the governor came on the heel of crisis rocking the PDP at the national level, with Senators Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff locked in battle over the party’s National Chairmanship seat.
Meanwhile, the governor said his administration would complete the rehabilitation of the federal Ado-Itawure Road before the burial of the late Military Governor of the old Western Region, Major-General Adeyinka Adebayo.
He also promised to rehabilitate the Ifaki-Omuo Road, another Federal Government road, to make access to the state more pleasurable.
On the need to ensure coordinated development for the state, Fayose said a master plan for Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, would be worked out.