The governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, on Wednesday hinted while meeting with the Suppliers Association of Nigeria, Ikere chapter, at Ikere-Ekiti, that he would likely defect from the Peoples Democratic Party PDP if they fail by 2018 to reconcile their differences.
The governor who was not particular as to which part he would move to, expressed concerns over the crisis which led to the failure of the PDP to win the Ondo State governorship election held Saturday.
He is reported to have said, “I don’t know the platform I will use for the 2018 election yet and at the appropriate time, I will tell you,”
“We are still studying the situation. We have to play the game left, right and centre and whoever we are going to use and the platform, you will all be part of the process because party politics is about the people.
“You all saw how people sold their votes in Ondo state, I am confident that that will not happen in Ekiti.
“I am close to the people; you are the source of my strength. Even if it requires just 48 hours to any election, if I tell you where to go, you will surely follow me there.”
Mr Fayose stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ekiti State win would have little or no impact on PDP in Ekiti State.
It is also reported that the governor who held another meeting with junior workers of the state civil service, assured them that his party would defeat the APC in the 2018 governorship election.
“APC will be fooling itself if it thinks it will conquer Ekiti like it did in Ondo,” he said. “Ekiti is a peculiar place and I am the man on ground here.
“I want to assure my supporters and Nigerians that APC won’t win a local government here in 2018, even if President Muhammadu Buhari moves down all the money in FG’s TSA.
“Governor Olusegun Mimiko and Eyitayo Jegede must have lost in Ondo State, but that does not mean the people had voted rightly.
“In 2015, people clamoured for change and what have we got now? Nigerians are becoming poorer than ever.
“Today, I am the only one among the APC governors in the southwest. I am now like the nation of Israel surrounded by enemies, but I shall defeat and triumph over them.
“APC has never defeated me in any battle, either political or legal. Whether they like it or not, I will win in Ekiti no matter the animosity, because I have the people behind me.”
However, Mr. Fayose’s Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, clarified that the governor had no plans to defect from the party.
“He is not leaving the party,” Mr. Olayinka said. “He was only being futuristic to the intent that if the problems that affected the party in the Ondo state persist, then he would have no choice but to leave the party.”
Written by Okolo Ezinne