The race to 2019 has commenced and it hasn’t left President Buhari out of it.
Governor Ayodele Peter Fayose has hinted on who will take over from President Buhari in 2019. While addressing pressmen in Abuja yesterday, the new Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum made the following revelations.
The Ekiti State Governor lamented the hunger ravaging the country, asserting that any popular candidate from any political party will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 Presidential election. The Ekiti state Governor is known for expressely criticizing the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Here are Excerpts from the interview:
Question: After you were enthroned as the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, there were flashes here and there, how do you intend to sail through?
Fayose: When you have a willing mind, you achieve a lot. Leadership is about persons, it is about characters behind that position. I am a man that has a track record of reviving a dead situation, remember I said severally that I am the only Nigerian governor that has defeated two incumbents at two different attempts. Before you can defeat two incumbents, obviously, the party that defeat incumbents are not in government. So, let me assure you that consultation, reaching out to people, ensuring that information goes round, not shutting anyone out will do the magic.
Before they took that decision, they knew what I stand for, they know what I represent, I am one of the governors that reach out to my colleagues regularly and I am the longest serving Nigerian governor today. I served in Obasanjo’s administration, I served in Jonathan’s administration, I am here in Buhari’s administration. So I have what it takes, they all defer to me, they all respect me, they know I am not somebody who will say one thing and go and say another thing behind.
It is important that we carry everybody along to at least do the needful, taking consultation to the next level. What I need to do, I won’t procrastinate, you must be proactive, you must ensure that this party is taken away from hawkers, political hawkers. We must respect the rule of law, we must equally join hands to ensure that we get fair judgements, judgements that are fair to us and our opponents and the judiciary should please appreciate that a system without opposition will equally consume the judiciary itself. They must do everything possible not to allow themselves to be used by the ruling party to destroy opposition. If matters are supposed to be taken expeditiously in terms of party administration and party matters, it should be done expeditiously.
Frivolous petitions against the judges must be ignored. The leadership of the judiciary must do the needful to allow PDP matters to be resolved in good time for us to put our house in order. So, for me, I will work hard, I will work with the party, I will work with the Chairman of the Party, I will work with the executive of the party to ensure that this party run and runs well.
You will all remember I made a lot of predictions in 2015, they largely came to pass, the ones I made in 2016 has started, just watchout.
There have been several eyebrows raised as a result of the dealings of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration