Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti, has said he couldn’t back his ‘enemy’ to succeed him in office in 2018. He was responding to criticisms over his preference for his deputy, Professor Kolapo Olusola as his successor.
“To start with, as a party member and a citizen of Nigeria, I reserve the rights to support any candidate for any elective post and even vote same in an election,” he said.
“Those who are crying over spilled milk should put their enemies in the position of a governor when they have such opportunity.
“I have no apology for my action because I have only exercised my rights and I have not breached any rule or law of the party or that of the country.
“If the petitioners are the major stakeholders and we are the minority, time will tell. However, we reiterate that anyone who feels disappointed by the action should wait for the party’s primary because it is their rights.
“Above all, since they have written to Senator Ahmed Makarfi, they should equally copy Sheriff. All the complainants got to their current positions by God’s grace and my humble self that God used for them.
“If they complain about of imposition and endorsement, let them face the electorate too and adopt their own standard that is different from the one we used.
“At least, am the man to be succeeded and I am entitled to support who I like. Let them know that I am not the type to be threatened.
“If anybody has anything against me, let them go to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.”
Some aggrieved party members in Ekiti had petitioned Senator Ahmed Makarfi, the chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The unhappy party faithful are accusing Fayose of imposing Olusola on them, vowing to resist.