Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday described Governor Ayodele Fayose as a force to reckon with in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying his leadership role in the party has helped to stabilize it.
Atiku who spoke yesterday in Ado Ekiti said, “He calls the shots and when he does so, we all take the queue.”
The former Vice President who refused to comment on former President Obasanjo’s condemnation of President Muhammadu Buhari led government urged Nigerians to evaluate OBJ’s letter to the President.
He however advised the electorate not to vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 presidential election, because, “APC has failed this country. That party is not the solution to our country’s challenges. ”
He said, “Since my return home to PDP this is the first state I am visiting for consultations with party leaders. This is not surprising as Fayose and I had struck a good relationship since his first tenure as governor and I was VP. He is blunt and straightforward, a sharpshooter in politics and I respect him for that this.
“But above all, he is also the chairman of our Governors forum, today among the governors, among the party generally he calls the shots and when he does so, we all take the queue.
“I have visited this state severally with other governors in the saddle, what I have observed has been a monumental development in terms of infrastructure in the state and the quality of life of the people, but as a politician, anywhere we were driving along the road, from Akure he was receiving cheers all through.”
In his response Governor Ayodele Fayose described Atiku’s presidential ambition as legitimate and a welcome development, assuring that in spite of his aspiration to rule the nation, party’s interest would be placed above individual aspirations.
Fayose said, “He (Atiku) has not spoken to me privately about it, and maybe he would do that in our private meeting. But his body language obviously shows he has an ambition which is legitimate. We will all examine everybody and we will play a level playing ground, as he has come, others will still come. All these questions are questions for God and he has answer for them, man has no answer.
“You may wish anything for me, but God’s wish is supreme. I deserve to serve this country as President. I have paid my due. I am not a hidden voice. I have all it takes to lead this country, but whichever way it goes, the interest of our party comes first, it is above our individual aspiration. Whoever the party finally picks as party’s candidate will be supported by others.”
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