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Fayose: I Threw My Full Support Behind Tinubu, Battled Against Atiku with Complete Dedication in the 2023 Elections

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has revealed that he actively campaigned against his party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the February 2023 election. Fayose, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stated that he worked against Atiku because he felt the PDP had treated him unfairly.

During an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics program, Fayose admitted, “I never worked for PDP during the last election. I cannot work for two people at the same time.” Instead, he supported Bola Tinubu, the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), citing Tinubu’s respectability and the need for a leader from the South-West region of Nigeria.

Fayose’s grievances with the PDP reached new heights when he met with the President at Aso Villa in Abuja on July 6, 2023. He expressed his disappointment in the party’s decision to suspend both himself and his son, Oluwajomiloju, despite his unwavering dedication to the PDP. Questioning the party’s actions, Fayose asked, “The same PDP, because I said it was the turn of the South, removed my son, suspended my son, expelled my son, suspended me. For a man that has suffered tremendously for PDP?”

Fayose, who is part of the G5 or the Integrity Group within the PDP, accused the party of playing games with the Nigerian people by selecting Atiku as its presidential candidate. He argued that it was time for a Southern Nigerian to assume the presidency, following the two-term tenure of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

To demonstrate his determination, Fayose threatened to take legal action against the PDP if they proceed with disciplinary actions against him for supporting Tinubu. He boldly stated, “If PDP take action against me, I will take them to court. If anybody suppresses my voice, I will say things more than this.”

Fayose clarified that his recent visit to the President had no connection to his ongoing court case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He dismissed any notion that Tinubu had the power to influence the trial related to his alleged involvement in corruption, a case which has been ongoing for five years.

Fayose made it clear that he would not accept a ministerial position from the President. Instead, he urged Tinubu to prioritize diversity in his cabinet, suggesting that 40 percent of the positions should be given to individuals above the age of 60, and another 30 percent to women and young people each.

In the 2023 presidential election, Tinubu emerged victorious in Fayose’s Ekiti State, winning all 16 Local Government Areas. Tinubu also secured victories in 11 other states, garnering a total of 8,794,726 votes, nearly two million votes more than Atiku’s 6,984,520 votes. The candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, trailed behind with 6,101,533 votes.

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