Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has stated the rationale behind his persistent attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The governor, who served during the tenure of President Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and Buhari, described himself as the most senior and experienced governor in Nigeria, adding that his criticism of the current government flowed from his sense of responsibility and not related to any 2019 presidential aspiration as alleged by critics.
The governor made this known following rumours within the hegemony of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he (Fayose) and the current Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff are planning to jointly run for the presidency in 2019.
Speaking during an interactive forum in Lagos, the fiery governor made it clear that he would never support any presidential move by Sheriff, adding that if the PDP chairman has such dream he should jettisoned it forthwith.
Fayose also ruled himself out of a senatorial ticket when his tenure expires, noting that the campaign would be an exercise in futility as he would not contest for another position in 2019.
While dismissing assertions of a 2019 presidential aspiration, he said:
“Anybody flying the kite of Sheriff and Fayose is the deceit of the highest order. Again, even if it is the Senate, I am not going to contest. Nobody contests the office of the Vice President you can only become the Vice President of Nigeria if God wants you to be.
May I make it expressly clear that if Ali Modu Sheriff wants to contest as president of Nigeria in 2019, I will not support him, I am a man known for my words of honour. We must operate based on principle if our country is to move forward.”
He further faulted the move, saying “This is cheap blackmail orchestrated to give people the impression that I have ambition that is why I am doing all these. I am the most senior governor in Nigeria and if I were to be in a party like the APC, they will be celebrating me everyday. They (APC) know I am critical of the bad policies of the APC administration.”
Governor Fayose frowned at efforts to project President Buhari for a second term in 2019, he said:
“Those promoting Buhari for 2019 should stop. I have told Nigerians that Buhari does not have the capacity now to govern Nigeria. What capacity will he display in seven years time? Currently as it stands, the President is challenged by age.”