State governor, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday said the decision of the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone the party’s presidential ticket to the north had nothing to do with his own resolve to contest for the position in the 2019 general elections.
He also expressed confidence that his party would defeat Dr Kayode Fayemi again if the former governor was picked as the All Progressives Congress’ candidate for the July 14 governorship poll in Ekiti State.
On his presidential quest, the governor explained that he decided to soft-pedal on his campaign because of the July 14, 2018 Ekiti governorship poll, saying the campaign would begin to gain traction after the state election.
Fayose, who spoke during an interactive session with teachers in public primary and secondary schools at Government House, Ado-Ekiti, yesterday said, “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 , though I am making contacts; I am reaching out to the people that matter across the country.”
On the agitations of some aggrieved PDP governorship aspirants that Fayose should be prevented from interfering with the primary since he had declared his support for his deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola, the governor explained that the state had no role to play in the shadow election, saying it was the prerogative of the Chief Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee of the party.
Some of the aggrieved PDP aspirants, including former minister of works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Senator Biodun Olujimi , Owoseni Ajayi and Amb. Dare Bejide, had, at a joint press conference on Monday, advised Secondus to check Fayose and ensure that a credible primary is conducted in Ekiti.
On the primary election in Ekiti, Fayose said: “I have no role to play; only the NWC will present the delegates list for them to elect the candidate, so I won’t interfere despite my support for Prof Kolapo Olusola.
“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”, Fayose added.
Addressing the teachers, Fayose appealed to them to support Olusola the way they supported him in the June 21, 2014 governorship election when he defeated the incumbent, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
He promised not to owe the teachers any of their remuneration the expiration of his tenure on October 15, 2018.