Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has threatened to quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the party’s presidential candidate at the National Convention held on Saturday in Port Harcourt the capital of Rivers State.
Fayose on Monday revealed that he would renounce his membership anytime from now after due consultations.
“After consultations, I will speak clearly to Nigerians,” Fayose said.
Governor Fayose had supported Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State to emerge as PDP candidate.
According to reports, Fayose was supposed to be Tambuwal’s running mate in 2019.
“We have no regret aligning with Governor Wike to support Governor Tambuwal for the presidential ticket and no apologies either.
“We kept the party alive and strong when most men became ladies. We never compromised. If any group feels it can do it alone, we will see how far they can go,” Fayose said.
While Fayose is threatening to quit PDP over Atiku’s emergence, Governor Tambuwal has already sent a congratulatory message to Atiku. The governor who came second in the PDP presidential primary described the election as transparent.
“Your emergence in a transparent process is a testament to the fact that the PDP is now a reformed party and has sent a strong signal about our resolve to bring about the desired national transformation needed to turn around the fortunes of our beloved nation, Nigeria.
“The task at hand, going forward, is to ensure victory at the polls in order to save our fatherland from the current regime of annihilation bestriding it.
“This calls for unity of purpose that admits of no division, no distractions and no internal wrangling. I commit myself to this task and urge all members of our great party to roll up their sleeves and set to work as members of one united family.”