Nigeria’s leading Opposition figure and Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose on Thursday said he intended to run for the nation's top job come 2019. This accordingly, is making him the first candidates to make public his position of vieying for the country’s number one citizen
The Ekiti state governor formally launched his bid to contest the position under the platform of The People Democratic Party in Abuja.
The 56-year-old has been one of the most outspoken critics of President Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party
Speaking further today on Politics Today on Sunrise Daily's channels Television monitored by urban express news online Correspondents
Fayose said " he was confident of victory essentially with the support of his Party leaders and supporters, although when ask about the decision of his party of zoning presidential position to the north as against his aspiration as an individual from south-west, he said beyond zoning, the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria has never restrained any individual from contesting or neither did it specify where individual Nigerian can come from before he or she is eligible.
‘’ Since these while, there is nobody coming from where the party had zoned its presidency too and declare its intentions, if it is not that we have been outspoken all these while, these party would have gone down the drain.’’ I will not fold my hand and see The People’s Democratic party go dead, if anybody is interested in contesting from where my party had zoned it to ‘the north'' that individual is free to do so’’
Fayose, on his position on whose candidate he's supporting for governorship primaries coming up in ekiti Governership primary of his party, he said pitching his tent with his deputy is purely a matter of choice and that is not preventing any candidates from not participating in the primaries coming up, and that there was no wrong in his decision of choosing his deputy to becoming his successor , ''its Only a chioce that one should take among those aspiring, he added.
‘’ Obasanjo had done it before when he openly declared his support for Late Umaru Yar’adua, Former President Obama did same when he supported Hillary Rodman Clinton and nothing went wrong, mine should not be an exception’’.
Meanwhile, Gov Fayose said is ready to face an uphill battle for the PDP nomination as the party has said its presidential candidate for the vote on February 16, 2019 will be from the Muslim-majority north.
Many PDP lawmakers quit the party before the 2015 election because then-president Goodluck Jonathan reneged on an apparent promise to step down for a northern candidate.
No obvious candidate from the north has yet emerged but there has been speculation northeasterner and former vice-president Atiku Abubakar could leave the APC and rejoin the PDP.