Fayose’s Presidential Ambition And Matters Arising
Nigeria News take a look at the presidential ambition of the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose and issues behind the move.
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose is a newsmaker any day. Either for bad reasons or good, Fayose has played the opposition role in the last two years of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He challenges almost all the policies of the ruling All Progressives Congress. He had goofed most times with his critical stance on national issues as his public rating drops by the day.
Fayose’s unbridled outspokenness has made him lose many of his followers, most of them on social media platform. They hardly believe in him anymore, since he failed to release pictures of President Muhammadu Buhari on life support machine.
While the president was in London on medical vacation, Fayose had released a press statement claiming that Buhari was on life support machine and that he would make public six pictures to that effect.
A few days after the governor said this, a media team led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed visited the president and consequently released a picture depicting a recuperated Buhari.
Fayose’s public rating nosedived by this singular blunder. He became cautious until about three days ago when he announced the plan to vie for presidential position in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
When his media office released a press statement that Fayose would be officially declaring his presidential ambition in Abuja, almost 100 percent of the commentators described the move as another joke by the Ekiti State Governor.
Nevertheless, the governor addressed the press and declared his ambition even when his party, PDP warned him not to do so. Fayose had earlier written a letter to some of the party leaders who advised him to respect the decision of PDP at its last national convention.
Recalled that the PDP resolved at the convention to zone presidency to the north and the national chairmanship position of the party to the southwest.
Rather, Fayose kicked against the party’s decision, adding that he has the right to contest under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that nothing would stop him from doing so.
The national spokesman of the party, Dr. Dayo Adeyeye lamented that it was wrong that Fayose could declare to run for the presidency in spite of the party’s decision in which the governor himself jointly took with other members of the party at the last national convention.
But to political watchers, Fayose had taken a decision now to hide away from the long hand of the law after his exit in 2018 as the Ekiti State Governor.
Findings reveal that Fayose is on the list of governors that will be arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC as soon as he leaves office and to play safe, the governor has quickly made himself a potential presidential candidate.
It is a strategy to get public sympathy in case the anti-graft agency seeks the arrest of a presidential aspirant. Fayose’s antics is to sell the idea of his persecution rather than prosecution to the members of the public.