Ayodele Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti state, has said he told Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), how to end the crisis in the opposition party, but Atiku Abubakar didn’t listen.
Fayose made the remarks during an interview with TVC on Wednesday.
Fayose said that the people close to Atiku always told him, “Oga can’t do that.”
Remember that Fayose was said to have quit the PDP after the party lost the presidential election on Saturday.
But Fayose has denied the news stories, saying that he is still a member of the PDP and that he didn’t quit the party, just stepped aside.
In a statement, he signed and tagged, “I didn’t resign from PDP, I only stepped aside – Ayo Fayose,” the former governor asked Nigerians to keep supporting and voting for the PDP, especially in the upcoming governorship and houses of assembly elections.
Fayose’s statement reads, “I am still a bonafide member of the PDP. I only said I stepped aside because I need to speak the truth to power without the fear of my view being tainted by party colouration. Resigning from a political party has procedures, and same will be followed if I strongly find the need to leave the party.
“It is important that we have somebody that can say the truth without wearing any party toga.
“I am a member of the PDP, I am a member of the PDP National Executive Committee, a member of the party caucus, member of the Board of Trustees based on my position as a former chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum. It’s a lifetime membership. But Nigeria is bigger than any party.”
Fayose also made it clear that he is not a member of the All Progressives Congress and never will be. He said that he has a lot of respect for Tinubu, though.
He also said that he has the right to think that the presidential election in 2023 will be free and fair.
He also said he doesn’t want to run for political office again, asking, “What am I going to contest for at 62? Even if I want to contest, not under APC. I have said it repeatedly that I can never join APC and I am still saying it now.”
“But I need to emphasise that Nigeria needs somebody who will say the truth at this critical period in our history.
“Again, may I conclude here that Peter Obi is the man of the season. Asiwaju won the election, but PDP was too fractured to win an election at federal level. However, at the state level, elections are local, please continue to vote and support the PDP, especially in the governorship and houses of assembly elections.”