By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has stated that he may quit the crisis-ridden People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2018 governorship election.
Speaking on Wednesday during a meeting with members of the state chapter of Suppliers’ Association of Nigeria in Ikere Ekiti, Fayose however stated that he was unsure of his next political platform.
This is coming just as he also vowed that he would do everything possible to stop the All Progressives Congress (APC) from taking over the state in 2018.
For now, he said he was still studying the situation on the party platform he would move his political family to, promising to disclose his destination at the appropriate time.
On the defeat suffered by the PDP at last Saturday’s governorship poll in neighboring Ondo State, Fayose alleged that the electorate sold their votes stressing that the scenario won’t repeat itself in Ekiti.
He said the victory of governor-elect Rotimi Akeredolu did not confer legitimacy on the election or that the people of Ondo State voted rightly.
It will be recalled that Fayose dumped the PDP ahead of the 2011 general elections when he defected to the Labour Party (LP) to run for Ekiti Central senatorial seat. He was defeated by the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate Babafemi Ojudu.
Fayose later came back to the PDP in 2012 ahead of the 2014 governorship election in which he defeated the then incumbent governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
The PDP in Ekiti is presently polarized into two factions with the exco loyal to Fayose led by Gboyega Oguntuase which belongs to the Ahmed Makarfi faction while the other exco loyal to loyal to Senator Buruji Kashamu which belongs to the Ali Modu Sheriff faction.
On his political future, Fayose said: “I don’t know the platform I will use for the 2018 election yet and at the appropriate time, I will tell you.
“We are still studying the situation. We have to play the game left, right and centre and whoever we are going to use and the platform, you will all be part of the process because party politics is about the people.
“You all saw how people sold their votes in Ondo state, I am confident that that will not happen in Ekiti. I am close to the people you are the source of my strength.
“Even if it requires just 48 hours to any election, if I tell you where to go, you will surely follow me there.”
At another meeting held with civil servants on Grade Levels 01-06, Fayose boasted that he would defeat the APC again in the 16 local government areas in the 2018 poll like it happened in the June 21, 2014 governorship contest.
He pledged to give priority to workers’ welfare by paying their salaries, carrying them along on receipts from the Federation Account and bridging communication gap with the state workforce.