Ekiti 2022: Campaign of calumny against me dead on arrival – Fayose


Fayose (file photo)

By Valentine Amanze

Ekiti State former governor, Ayodele Fayose, has denied link with the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, describing the allegation as campaign of calumny by few aspirants, which is “dead on arrival.”

He also said that such campaign would not guarantee anyone the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship ticket.

The former governor, who reiterated his endorsement of the immediate past PDP chairman in the state, Otunba Bisi Kolawole, insisted that he owed no one no apology as he was convinced that he (Bisi Kolawole) has what it takes to win the election and govern Ekiti better.

In a statement issued on Friday, by his spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, the former governor said that those moving from house to house in Abuja, calling him names would by now be celebrating him and calling him “Saint Fayose if they were being supported by him.”

The statement reads: “Linking me with APC and Tinubu in the desperation of some aspirants to clinch our party ticket is dead on arrival.

“In and out of office, Nigerians can attest to my commitment to the PDP and opposition to the APC government 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 harassments.

“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 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 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!

“Eni ifa o to si lo npe ni haram (it is those who did not get the endorsement that are calling it haram).

“If they were the ones I endorsed, I will be ‘Saint Fayose.’

“I want to make it expressly clear again that I stand with Otunba Bisi Kolawole, without apologies because he has what it takes to govern Ekiti and with the support of God and Ekiti people, he will surely win.”




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