Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has officially declared his intention to contest for the 2019 presidential election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), despite the party making it clear that it had zoned its presidential ticket to the North for 2019.
The governor also expressed confidence that he would defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in a free and fair presidential election, citing his record of having defeated two incumbent governors in separate governorship elections in Ekiti State.
The opposition party had informed the governor not to waste his time or resources on his presidential ambition, saying that the party’s candidate for the 2019 election will come from the North.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, had said all members of the party were aware of the zoning formula which it (PDP) adopted for both its presidential ticket and the position of the national chairman.
He further called on Fayose to respect the decisions taken by the party on zoning.
However, in a show of defiance, the governor earlier today vowed to wrest power from the incumbent President under a free and fair election, adding that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had deceived Nigerians for more than two years.
Regarding the PDP’s position that it has zoned the presidency to the North, Mr. Fayose maintained that no one had come out to express interest, adding that the PDP should not wait or beg anyone to fly its presidential flag. He said he was also confident of defeating other aspirants in the party, pointing to the Biblical David’s defeat of Goliath.
“I challenged the North to come out with their candidates. I want to challenge all of them to the field. What are you afraid of? Come out. I [have thrown] my hat in the ring. Let them come and face me,” said the Ekiti Governor.
It was gathered that PDP party officials were absent during the event which was held in Abuja.