Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, says nothing can stop him from contesting the 2019 Presidential election, not even the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The Governor boasted that he has the support of Nigerians and as such, he cannot be stopped. 2019 Presidency: Fayose says.
Fayose said this while speaking during a meeting of South West governors in Lagos State. According to him, the constitution of the country far outweighed that of the party.
2019 Presidency: Fayose says
He said, “I am not on my own, I have most Nigerians behind me. Rather, the PDP is on their own. I have been well groomed. I am mature and firebrand enough to face challenges of tomorrow. Things don’t happen by accident. When the party (PDP) almost fell apart, how many of them did we see at the time. How many of them spoke at the time.
“If they zoned it to the North, so because I am not a northerner, then I don’t have a right, the Constitution does not allow me to contest? Forget that. What are you saying? Have you not seen in this country where a zone has two key offices? We know where the Speaker is from. During Tambuwal Speakership, the post was zoned to the southwest but because we lost it, a zone got the two top appointments in the land.
“It is the Presidency that orders things. When I become President in 2019, I will reorder those things. Nothing can stop me from contesting. Even if they pick the party’s chairman from my family: even if they pick my son as party chairman, I will contest,” the Governor stated.
Meanwhile, support is beginning to stream in for the Governor over his presidential ambition as former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, says the governor is eminently qualified to contest the 2019 presidential election.
This just as the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, praised Fayose’s courage describing it as a strong opposition which will put the Federal Government on its toes.
They spoke on separate occasions in Ondo Town and Ado-Ekiti, respectively at the weekend.
Speaking in Ado-Ekiti, Oba Adeyemi lauded Governor Fayose for his pedigree and landmark achievements in the state. “Fayose is fearless. He has put Buhari government on its toes. All efforts to silence him with Federal Government agencies has not shut his mouth. Opposition is an ingredient of a virile democracy. The FG should be tolerant of opposition,” he said.
A statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, yesterday, said Musa spoke on the sideline of the wedding of a daughter of former Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, in Ondo Town, while Oba Adeyemi spoke in Ado-Ekiti during the 5th convocation of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, ABUAD.
The former Kaduna State Governor said; “It is the right of every Nigerian to aspire for the office of the President of Nigeria. Anybody from any section of the country who has met the constitutional requirements can vie for the presidency. There should be no restriction because the country is in need of the right leader.”