The governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said that he is still in the contest for the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 elections.
He said activities of his campaign had slowed down because of his preparations to ensure victory for his party in the coming Ekiti governorship election.
The governor spoke on Thursday during an interactive session with teachers in public primary and secondary schools in state.
Fayose had declared interest to be president on his party’s ticket despite the party’s decision to zone the presidency to the North.
Fayose said his campaign would regain its steam after the July 14 governorship election.
The governor also boasted that he would defeat Kayode Fayemi if he is picked as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“I am still in the presidential race, I am only waiting for the time Ekiti governorship election will hold so I can have the time,” he said.
“Though, I am making contacts, I am reaching out to the people that matter across the country.”
The governor is up against some governorship aspirants in the PDP who are aggrieved that he had endorsed his deputy, Kolapo Olusola, to succeed him.
The aspirants have also called on the party leadership to keep Fayose out of the primaries and ensure a free and fair contest.
“I have no role to play, only the NWC will present the delegate lists for them to elect the candidate, so I won’t interfere despite my support for Prof Kolapo Olusola,” Mr. Fayose said, while commenting on the primaries.
“I have no regret supporting Olusola, if it were those people I had supported, they won’t be abusing me. But they remain our brothers and sisters and we are going to put our house in order at the right time so that we can be on the same page.”
Source: Premium Times