The Immediate Past governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has took his rift with the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde to another Level after giving more insight on why Makinde shouldn’t be the Southwest Leader of the People’s Democratic party.
He boldly noted that leadership should be earned and not go be giving to anyone as title.
The ex-governor added that a former Ondo State Commissioner, Dr Eddy Olafeso, Should be the next National Vice Chairman (West) as, according to him, earlier agreed in Makinde’s house at Ibadan,Oyo State.
Todaysplash.com recall that Makinde and Fayose have been at loggerheads over the leadership of the South-west PDP, for sometime now.
Fayose who spoke in Lagos on Monday while recieving prominent members of the party who paid him a solidarity visit didn’t waste time in marshalling his point and stands.
The delegation was led by Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, representing Ondo South District in the National Assembly.
Among the delegation were Olafeso, former House of Representatives member, Lad Ojomo, ex-House of Assembly member, Niyi Ogunboye, Chief Ibini Oyedele, Chief Tunde Akindehin, Pastor Larry Ogunmusere, Ife Akinsoyinu, Sola Ebiwonjumi, Olusola Adewo, Adeolu Akinseye and Ebenezer Alabi.
The former Ekiti governor commended members of the delegation for “not sitting on the fence.”
He stated, “It is dangerous to sit on the fence. I don’t play to the gallery.”
He also berated Makinde’s supporters for calling him an “APC man,” adding that why wasn’t he labelled as such when he supported the Oyo State governor and worked for his victory in last general elections.
Fayose added, “ Tell the baby governor that the way up is the way down. Let Makinde put feeding bottle in the mouth of his dogs. You are called a leader because you earned it, not your title.
“Can I be an All Progressives Congress man and be fighting Buhari (the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)? I was governor at 42. He is governor at 51. I don’t deserve an insult from Makinde.
“Governor Makinde is not my leader. He is my follower. Respect should beget respect. I have been a warrior. They thought I will be with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission now. But, I am surviving.”
Senator Tofowomo, who said Fayose was a credible leader of the PDP in the South-West, added that he was accessible, a grass-roots operator and a defender of fairness, equity and justice in the party in the last 17 years.
On his part, Ojomo described Fayose as a great and faithful leader worthy of pride, saying he was a fighter for justice.