- Governor Ayodele Fayose is still considering the political platform he will use for the Ekiti 2018 gubernatorial election
- Fayose faults the victory of Akeredolu in the Ondo election as a contrivance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in cahoot with APC
- The governor has promised to do his best to ensure regular payment of salaries to Ekiti workers
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has hinted that he might dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for another party during the 2018 governorship poll in the state.
The unexpected news was made public by the governor on Wednesday, November 30, during the meeting with the members of the Suppliers’ Association of Nigeria, Ikere chapter.
Speaking on the results of the recent election in Ondo state which PDP lost, the governor expressed his uncertainty on the political party he was going to be a part during the 2018 election.
He said he will make his decision known at the appropriate time.
"We are still studying the situation. We have to play the game left, right and centre and whoever we are going to use and the platform, you will all be part of the process because party politics is about the people," he said.
According to Vanguard, Fayose also said the victory of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the Ondo governorship poll didn't threaten the popularity and general acceptability of the PDP in Ekiti.
He faulted the victory of Akeredolu as a contrivance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in cahoot with APC.
“You all saw how people sold their votes in Ondo state, I am confident that that will not happen in Ekiti. I am close to the people you are the source of my strength. Even if it requires just 48 hours to any election, if I tell you where to go, you will surely follow me there," he said.
At a separate meeting with the junior staff of the state civil service, Fayose boasted that he will repeat the 16-0 he meted out to ex-governor Kayode Fayemi in 2014, where he defeated the incumbent in all the sixteen local governments.
He promised the workers to do his best in ensuring the regular payment of their salaries by carrying the workers along to know what accrues to the state from the federation account.
Fayose said: "APC will be fooling itself if it thinks it will conquer Ekiti like it did in Ondo. Ekiti is a peculiar place and I am the man on ground here. I want to assure my supporters and Nigerians that APC won’t win a local government here in 2018, even if President Muhammadu Buhari moves down all the money in FG’s TSA.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko and Eyitayo Jegede must have lost in Ondo state, but that does not mean the people had voted rightly. In 2015, people clamoured for change and what have we got now? Nigerians are becoming poorer than ever.
Today, I am the only one among the APC governors in the southwest. I am now like the nation of Israel surrounded by enemies, but I shall defeat and triumph over them."
Meanwhile, details have emerged how the outgoing governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko contributed to the loss of PDP in the state.
A source who spoke exclusively to NAIJ.com detailed how Mimiko’s political romance with Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, the factional chairman of the PDP, contributed to his downfall.
According to the source, Mimiko kept fraternizing with Sheriff even when majority of the authentic PDP members, including Mimiko’s colleagues had abandoned the former Borno state governor.