- Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said he has no favorites in the 2018 gubernatorial elections
- Fayose said he was still waiting for God to speak to him, before he picks a candidate
- He also warned the Peoples Democratic Party to stop sowing seeds of discord in the state
The question of who will replace Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, in the 2018 gubernatorial elections has led to some controversy in the state.
The governor has therefore cautioned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state against sowing seeds of discord.
According to Premium Times, Governor Fayose's special assistant on public communications and new media, Lere Olayinka, sounded the note of warning during a meeting on Monday, September 4.
This he said at his Ekiti residence with aspirants and leaders from Ikole, Ijero and Ise/Orun LGAs:
He said: “Followers need not create a wedge between me and gubernatorial aspirants. As much as aspirants have the right to aspire, I also reserve the right to support whoever God asks me to support.
“If I were asked to pick a candidate to succeed me, I would have picked Kayode Oso straight off. But I have called him into the room and told him to allow me to seek God’s consent concerning it.
"I have called my deputy, Kolapo Olusola, I have also called Bisi Omoyeni into the room and asked him to allow me to seek God’s consent. Whoever God chooses, we will support among the aspirants. Whoever that is not the one, the spirit of sportsmanship should be embraced.
“I have nothing against Adedayo Adeyeye, I have great respect for him, from ministerial appointment to chairmanship at Ekiti State University and then his recommendation to the party at the national level, I have always stood by him, I wouldn’t have done that for someone I don’t love, so mischief makers had better looked elsewhere to play their game.”
He also appealed to party members to downplay personal agenda and ensure the party’s interest is put on the front burner, adding that “never will any candidate be imposed on the people.”
“We won’t allow anybody destroy the goodwill being enjoyed presently by the PDP because there is no doubt about our party’s popularity in Ekiti today.
“I want to assure you that nobody will impose anybody on you. With me here, you will all get justice.
“Those we imposed in the past disappointed us, the system should be allowed to run its course,” he said.
During the meeting with party members from Ijero Ekiti,. Fayose also directed that about 23 members who had been suspended from the party be forgiven and reabsorbed into the party.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that Governor Fayose terminated the appointment of his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, over the long Sallah holiday.
Although the press release announcing Adelusi's job termination did not state the reason for it, but sources in the governor's camp claim it wasn't unconnected to an incident that occurred on Eid el-Kabir day.
Watch a NAIJ.com video of an Imam speaking on Sallah day: