Thursday, January 25, 2018
Atiku visits Ekiti, consults Fayose
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakarwas in Ekiti State on Wednesday ostensibly to consult with Governor Ayodele Fayose and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, on his presidential ambition in 2019.
Atiku, while being received at the Government House, Oke Ayoba in AdoEkiti, said Ekiti was the first state he was visiting “to consult with our party members since my return home to PDP.”
He said his choosing Ekiti as first wasbecause of his long-standing relationship with Governor Fayose, whom he described as “a sharpshooter when he makes his political targets and he hardly misses his target,” and added that “apart from that, he’s also the chairman of our Governors Forum.
”He commended Fayose for the development of infrastructure in the state and noted that Fayose “has a lotto offer our party and in our country.
”At separate interviews, the duo said former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s statement on President Muhammadu Buhari had confirmed that the All Progressives Congress-led government had failed.
Atiku said, “I won’t comment on the letter but it is a confirmation that the APC has failed this country. That party is not the solution to our country’s challenges.
”He hinted that he would discuss his ambition with the governor whom he described as a force to reckon with in the PDP.The former VP, who appreciated Fayose’s warm reception at the AkureAirport, said, “He (Fayose) calls the shots and when he does so, we all take the cue.
“This is not surprising as Fayose and Ihad struck a good relationship since his first tenure as governor and I was the VP. He is blunt and straightforward, a sharpshooter in politics and I respect him for that.“But above all, he is also the chairmanof our Governors’ Forum.
Today among the governors, among the party generally, he calls the shots and when he does so, we all take the cue.”Fayose said the party’s interest wouldbe placed above individual aspiration in choosing a candidate for the 2019 elections.
The governors added, “He (Atiku) has not spoken to me privately about it, and maybe he would do that in our private meeting. But his body language obviously shows he has an ambition which is legitimate.“We will all examine everybody and we will create a level playing field.
As he has come, others will still come.“On the issue of being Vice-President, like I said, in the Book of Ezekiel 37: 33, the Bible says ‘God asks that can this bone live?, and the Prophet answers and says Thou knoweth.
All these questions are questions for God and He has answers for them, man has no answer. You may wish anything for me, but God’s wish is supreme.“I deserve to serve this country as President. I have paid my due. I am not a hidden voice. I have all it takes to lead this country, but whichever way it goes, the interest of our party comes first; it is above our individual aspirations.
Whoever the party finally picks as the party’s candidate will be supported by others.”Fayose said he was not disappointed about Obasanjo’s outburst against Buhari’s government.“I am not disappointed because I never voted for Buhari and I will never stop being against him.
I was not too young when Buhari came first time and we knew the hell he took us through.“At his first time, he was putting people in jail and he was not in chargeit was (Brig. Gen. Tunde) ldiagbon that was in charge.
The man is dark inthe mind,” he stated.The governor lamented that the economy had collapsed by 45 per cent and the President had failed to tame the Fulani herdsmen.
“Now the message has come from Obasanjo, who was Buhari’s greatest promoter and navigator, telling him togo home.“The end has come to the APC, our suppressors and oppressors. You can only rule a country as diverse as Nigeria if you are truly a leader,” Fayose added.