- Ekiti state governor Fayose says his words were misrepresented by people with ulterior motives because he never said he wanted to leave the PDP
- Fayose says the PDP remains his party and he is confident that the party will return to full power and throw out the APC's change
Ekiti state Governor Ayodele Fayose has denied reports that he plans to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to a statement from Fayose which was acquired by NAIJ.com on Thursday, December 1, his words were misunderstood because he remains a PDP member and will not quit the party.
“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”, he added.
In the statement released by his chief press secretary Idowu Adelusi, Fayose lambasted those distorting his statements and peddling the unfounded rumour as mischief-makers and agents of dark and evil forces, which will never have the upper hand in Ekiti.
He described the suggestion that he was getting ready to dump PDP as sheer misrepresentation and deliberate falsehood.
“You don’t just walk out of relationships just like that,” he said, adding that he was being misrepresented for political gains by those who do not wish PDP, Nigeria and Nigerians well.
“Despite its orchestrated leadership problems, PDP remains the stronger party in Nigeria today; by far stronger and more cohesive than any other party in the country. The PDP still remains a solid, nationalistic, and pro-people political party”, he added
Fayose expressed optimism that PDP will come out of its present challenges stronger and better than before.
“Nigerians have a lot of respect for me and my voice. This I cannot trade for a piece of morsel like the biblical Esau”.
“I want to say categorically that the shenanigans of Ondo governorship elections cannot be repeated in Ekiti; they delude themselves if they think they can. I want to assure them that I am not a General without an army.
“I want to also assure them that even if they bring all the funds in Treasury Single Account (TSA) to Ekiti in 2018, supported by all the machinery the Presidency can muster, they will be treated like the Philistines and Egyptians of the Bible. I am the Biblical Israel that has never and can never be defeated”
“The fact that they rigged PDP out of Ondo state does not mean that they won the hearts of the people. Sooner than later, the joy they procured by dubious means will turn into ashes in their mouths. Their so-called victory is nothing but pyrrhic.”
Recall that Fayose was quoted as saying that he was still studying the political terrain in a hint that he might dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for another party during the 2018 governorship poll in Ekiti state.