Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has called on the Peoples Democratic Party to negotiate with the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, if it wants to stand a chance in the 2023 presidential elections.
Fayose, a PDP chieftain, made the comment during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“Obi is a danger to watch out for,” Fayose said. “I don’t believe Obi will make 25 percent in two-third of the states. I am not against Obi, I love him and he’s a very vibrant leader. But based on my own permutations, he can’t make 25 percent.
“Obi is more of a chronic cancer to PDP.
“In the South-West, I don’t see how PDP will win. anybody deceiving us can continue to deceive us. I don’t see how PDP will win in the South-East. The South-South will be a combination of all interests.”
He described the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, as “a semi-cancer.”
“Reconciling or negotiating with Obi will be a good thing,” he added.
He also called for the PDP to negotiate with the party’s aggrieved Governors.
Fayose also said, he won’t resort to insulting the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu even though they are in different camps ahead of next year’s election.
“Let me tell you: if people are expecting me to abuse Tinubu to show that I am not supporting him, I would not do that,” he said during the show.
The former Ekiti State governor and an ally of Governor Nyesom Wike claimed that despite the political differences some northern governors or politicians have with President Muhammadu Buhari, they don’t resort to abuses.
He described Tinubu as a Yoruba leader and as such, he won’t descend to insulting the former Lagos State governor even though they are of different camps. Fayose said he respects Atiku Abubakar of the PDP the same way as the APC chieftain.
‘Count Me Out’
“If the only way to demonstrate to everybody that I am Bola Tinubu’s enemy is to come out as a Yoruba man and insult Bola Tinubu, I will never do it,” he added.
“Listen to me, Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu are over 70 years old leaders, why were they sitting together to rub minds and did not carry cutlasses against it each other? Count me out of that (insulting Tinubu).”
“I am not going to be insulting Atiku,” Fayose insisted. “I am not going to be insulting Tinubu.”
The PDP chieftain also reiterated his stance on power shifting to the southern region of the country. As far as he is concerned, since President Buhari is about to complete his second term and is from the northern region, the southern part of the nation should produce Nigeria’s next president.
While he is an ally of Wike who has been at loggerheads with the PDP following the party’s presidential primary, Fayose said he will still work for the party.
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