Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has described campaigns of calumny by some aspirants, linking him with the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, as “dead on arrival”.
In a statement on Friday, by his Spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, Fayose pointed out that such a campaign will not guarantee anyone the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket.
He reiterated his endorsement of the immediate past PDP chairman in the State, Otunba Bisi Kolawole, to get the party’s ticket.
Fayose insisted that he owes no one an apology as he was convinced that the former PDP chairman has what it takes to win the election and govern Ekiti better.
“Linking me with APC and Tinubu in the desperation of some aspirants to clinch our party ticket, is dead on arrival,” Fayose said.
“In and out of office, Nigerians can attest to my commitment to the PDP and opposition to the APC govt in defense of the ordinary Nigerians.
We have seen sitting governors defecting to APC, but in and out of office, I remained steadfast with the PDP even in the face of undeserved harassment.
When did visits and interactions of our political leaders across party lines become evidence of anti-party?
As for the race for the PDP governorship ticket, I want to make it expressly clear once again that I have no apologies for supporting Bisi Kolawole.
Those going from house to house in Abuja, looking for shortcuts to the governorship ticket should rather go back to Ekiti and seek the support of the delegates who will decide the fate of our party’s aspirants.
To our party stakeholders, whenever they come to you in Abuja with tales by moonlight about Fayose, let them be reminded that I am not an
aspirant, but cannot be wished away. They should rather go back home and seek the necessary support as all politics is local. No shortcut!”