Fayose Threatens to Dump PDP over Atiku’s Emergence as Candidate

Ayodele Fayose

By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti

The governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has threatened that he may dump the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for another platform if the party sidelines him over emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the party.

Atiku emerged as the PDP presidential candidate on Sunday in Port Harcourt, River State, after defeating 11 other presidential aspirants in the fiercely contested primary.

Atiku was trailed by Sokoto State Governor, Hon Aminu Tambuwal, who came
second in the star studded contest.

Fayose and governor of River State, Chief Nyesom Wike , were alleged to have backed the former speaker of the House of representatives in the contest, but lost out in spite of their enormous influence in the party.

In a statement he personally signed in Ado Ekiti on Monday, Fayose said he had no regret joining efforts with Wike in support of the aspiration of the Sokoto governor in the primary.

He said he would seek alternative political platform if those victorious in the primary were becoming unruly or trample on his rights.

He said: “We have no regret aligning with Governor Wike to support Governor
Tambuwal for the presidential ticket and no apologies either.

“We kept the party alive and strong when most men became ladies. We never compromised. If any group feels it can do it alone, we will see how far they can go.

“I may renounce my membership of the party if the need arises.

“In the main time, myself and others will continue with our consultations while watching the turn of events.

“We cannot but appreciate leaders that have intervened so far, but this release became necessary to avoid fresh crisis or misrepresentation”, Fayose stated.