Former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose has distanced himself from the presidential ambition of Mr Bola Tinubu.
Tinubu is a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Governor of Lagos State.
Fayose, who said he remained in PDP while alot of governors decamped and returned described as “campaigns of calumny” by some aspirants, linking him with Tinubu, as “dead on arrival,” pointing out that it will not guarantee anyone the People’s Democratic Party, the PDP’s governorship ticket.
In a statement on Friday, by his Spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, Fayose, said those moving from house to house in Abuja, calling him names will by now be celebrating him and calling him “Saint Fayose” “if they were the ones supporting.”
The former governor who reiterated his endorsement of the immediate past PDP chairman in the State, Otunba Bisi Kolawole, declared that he owed no one any apology as he was convinced that Kolawole has what it takes to win the election and govern Ekiti better.
The statement issued on Friday, read; “Linking me with APC and Tinubu in the desperation of some aspirants to clinch our party ticket, is dead on arrival.
“In and out of office, Nigerians can attest to my commitment to the PDP and opposition to the APC govt in defence of the ordinary Nigerians.
“We have seen sitting governors defecting to APC, but in and out of office, I remained steadfast with the PDP even in the face of undeserved harassments.
“When did visits and interactions of our political leaders across party lines become evidence of anti-party?
“As for the race for the PDP governorship ticket, I want to make it expressly clear once again that I have no apologies for supporting Bisi Kolawole.
“Those going from house to house in Abuja, looking for shortcuts to the governorship ticket should rather go back to Ekiti and seek the support of the delegates who will decide the fate of our party’s aspirants.
“To our party stakeholders, whenever they come to you in Abuja with tales by moonlight about Fayose, let them be reminded that I am not an aspirant, but cannot be wished away. They should rather go back home and seek the necessary support as all politics is local. No shortcut!
“Eni ifa o to si lo npe ni haram (it is those who did not get the endorsement that are calling it haram).
“If they were the ones I endorsed, I will be ‘Saint Fayose.’
“I want to make it expressly clear once again that I stand with Otunba Bisi Kolawole, without apologies because he has what it takes to govern Ekiti and with the support of God and Ekiti people, he will surely win.”