Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has told his Ekiti State counterpart, Governor Ayodele Fayose to abandon his defection plans and remain with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) till after the 2018 gubernatorial election in the state.
Lalong said Fayose should erase any thought of joining the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), holding to the fact that the APC is now gaining its feet in the south west.
The APC last Saturday claimed the only none-APC state left in the South West, following the declaration of its candidate Rotimi Akeredolu as the governor-elect of Ondo State.
The Ekiti State governor, few days back, said he might leave the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, should the crisis in the party continue by 2018, in other to his succession bid.
“I don’t know the platform I will use for the 2018 election yet and at the appropriate time, I will tell you,” Mr. Fayose said.
“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.”
However, while speaking to reporters during the APC North Central Zonal Congress, held in Abuja on Thursday, Lalong advised Fayose to remain with the PDP, while he expressed optimism that the APC will be victorious in the upcoming Rivers Re-run election as well as next year’s Anambra State governorship election.
When quizzed on Fayose’s comment, Lalong said: “The one I am waiting for is Ekiti.
“I understand that after Ondo, the man has been saying he wants to come to APC, we are saying he should remain in the PDP till after the election.
“We just came back from Ondo and we were again recruited yesterday to go to Rivers State again and conduct another election. Our own is to ask for your usual and continued support.
“Before now, some people were looking down on the APC, but now people with ambitions for 2019 are withdrawing from the PDP and coming to the APC.
“We are going to Rivers and we will win the elections there, after there, we are moving to Anambra and that one is a done deal.”