The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, in a courtesy visit to the Ooni Of Ife Oba Ogunwusi and the governor of Osun Stste Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, contrary to peoples opinion the he wants to defect to APC or ask Aregbesola to beg Buhari for him has said he will never leave the Peoples Democratic Party for any other party despite the crisis within the PDP.
Fayose said this in Osogbo on Tuesday when he visited Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the Government House, Osogbo in company with about 50 dignitaries including the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Kola Oluwawole.
The governor said he read on the Internet that he was coming to Osogbo to beg Aregbesola to plead with President Muhammadu Buhari not to probe him.
He said, “I have not come here for that; neither have I come to announce my defection from the PDP. I will never leave the PDP for any party. This is my first official visit to any APC state in Nigeria. I am not in Osogbo to ask Aregbesola to help me beg (the President) as being speculated in some quarters. We are all Yoruba, politics is like water; it can flow anywhere.
“I believe in the Yoruba race; the race comes first before the office of the governor. The race is eternal while that of governor is temporal. We must watch today to be guided by tomorrow. I am here for the unity of Yoruba as it affects the Oodua, our progenitor.
“I will remain in the PDP to play the role of the opposition because without opposition in a democracy there will be dictatorship and those promoting dictatorship in a democracy will end up in the stomach of dictators.”
Fayose stressed that Yoruba people needed to unite irrespective of their political or religious affiliations to ward off blackmail and oppression.
The PDP governor said the financial crisis caused by the fall in the price of crude oil could be used as an opportunity to develop other sectors of the economy.
He said, “There is need for Yoruba people to come together irrespective of political parties to protect the interest of the Yoruba man and protect their leaders from being blackmailed or oppressed.
“There is the need for improved economic ties among Yoruba states. Whatever good thing a state is doing can be copied by other states.”
Aregbesola, who commended Fayose for the visit, stressed the need for state governments to create economic ties that would rescue the people from poverty.