Ahead of next year’s gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, Governor Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday said he had nothing against any aspiration seeking to replace him at next year, assuring that he would ensure internal democracy, even as he reserves the right to support whomsoever he wills.
A statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said Governor Fayose spoke at a meeting on Monday in his Afao Ekiti country home with aspirants and leaders from Ikole, Ijero and Ise/Orun, where he cautioned those he described as mischief makers in the state chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against sowing seeds of discord amongst aspirants and leadership of the party.
Governor Fayose urged party faithful to downplay personal agenda and ensure the party’s interest is put on the front burner, adding that “never will any candidate be imposed on the people.
“We won’t allow anybody destroy the goodwill being enjoyed presently by the PDP because there is no doubt about our party’s popularity in Ekiti today.
“I want to assure you that nobody will impose anybody on you. With me here, you will all get justice.
“Those we imposed in the past disappointed us, the system should be allowed to run its course,” he said.
According to Fayose, “followers need not create a wedge between me and gubernatorial aspirants. As much as aspirants have the right to aspire, I also reserves the right to support whoever God asks him to support.
“If I were asked to pick a candidate to succeed me, I would have picked Kayode Oso straight off. But I have called him into the room and told him to allow me seek God’s consent concerning it. I have called my deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, I have also called Bisi Omoyeni into the room and asked him to allow me seek God’s consent. Whoever God chooses, we will support among the aspirants. Whoever that is not the one, the spirit of sportsmanship should be embraced.
“I have nothing against Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, I have great respect for him, from ministerial appointment to chairmanship at Ekiti State University and then his recommendation to the party at the national level, I have always stood by him, I wouldn’t have done that for someone I don’t love, so mischief makers had better look elsewhere to play their game.”
Governor Fayose, during the meeting with party members from Ijero Ekiti also directed that about 23 members hitherto suspended from the party be forgiven and reabsorbed into the party.