Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has faulted media reports insinuating his planned exit from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2018 governorship elections.
Gov. Fayose clarified the rumours on Thursday, insisting he remains a committed member of the PDP and has no immediate plans to dump the party.
Speaking at the palace of Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe while being conferred with the ‘Outstanding Achiever of Our Time’ award by Ado Progressive Union, Fayose described the reports as a misinterpretation of facts vowing that he would never dump the PDP for the APC under any guise.
Hear him: “What I said is that if the current man-made crisis rocking the PDP persists till 2018, rather than allow
“What I said is that if the current man-made crisis rocking the PDP persists till 2018, rather than allow them mess us up like they did in Ondo, we may have to seek an alternative and credible platform.
“We are not people who betray the confidence of our people. If there will be change at all, it will not be spur-of-the-moment. We shall carry our leaders and the people along.
“I will never dump PDP for APC. I remain strong and unshaken for the party. I cannot jump the boat. Even if I want to jump, I would not jump into the red sea.
“Why should I leave the PDP and join a party of hunger, like the APC? Ekiti is different from Ondo. By the grace of God, there will be a repeat of history here in 2018; I shall repeat the 16-0 that I gave them in 2014.
“I operate like the biblical Elisha because those with us are greater than those with them. The God of Israel that conquered the Philistines shall be on our side.”
The governor assured the people of Ado-Ekiti that more developmental projects would be executed by his government for him to remain indelible in the history of the state.
At a meeting with the members of the Suppliers’ Association of Nigeria, Ikere Ekiti chapter on Wednesday, Gov. Fayose had said he might seek another political platform to prosecute his succession battle in the 2018 governorship poll.
But Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, while speaking at the North Central Congress of the APC on Thursday in Abuja, had cautioned Fayose against crossing over to the ruling party.