At a PDP rally in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, the governor of Ekiti declared once again how he had single-handedly decided that his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, should take over from him at the conclusion of his tenure this year.
“Olusola never said he wanted to be deputy governor, but God instructed me to pick him. I said we will go together after our tenure, but God said I should allow him to stay; that what I said was my own opinion,” Fayose said.
Why this matters
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has not even organised a primary in the state, yet Fayose has been mobilising both party and state resources campaigning for his deputy.
His undemocratic actions have alienated several other aspirants for the top job like a former Minister of State for Works, Dayo Adeyeye; a serving senator, Biodun Olujimi; Nigeria’s former envoy in Canada, Dare Bejide; as well as a former commissioner of justice, Owoseeni Ajayi.
Fayose says he does not care about how the others feel about the partiality of the process.
“The PDP has taken a position; I say we have taken a position and we have no apologies for that and the position is that Olusola should take over after me as the governor of Ekiti.
“It doesn’t matter to us how many people that are abusing us by our action. They are even free to join our adversaries, but we will defeat them as God liveth,” he said.
The governor said the “mini declaration” was a show of strength to show the APC that “we are here, we have what it takes to win an election. They say they want to rig election; that will not happen here in Ekiti; they should look elsewhere.”
Making allusions to Pres. Buhari’s comments about his wife belonging to “the other room”, Fayose said, “they must know that politics is not played in the other room; it is played in the living room. We are going to play politics of the living room and not the other room.”