Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmola, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has hinted of his readiness to quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over factional crisis.
He displayed new campaign buses, with no PDP name and logo, fuelling speculations he had perfected plans to defect to another party.
The buses have the following inscriptions: “Support Continuity 2018, Fayose Wherever You Go, We Will Go”; “Ekiti 2018…Continuity, Fayose Leads, We Follow.”
Buses, including a 35-seater Toyota Urvan and an 18-seater Toyota Hiace, otherwise called Toyota Hummer bus, are parked on the premises of the Government House.
The buses, painted lemon green, are embossed with the picture of a smiling Fayose wearing a black “danshiki” with red embroidery, waving.
The governor, who hosted students and youths yesterday at the Government House, said he would not wait a day longer in PDP if his faction lost at the Supreme Court.
Many of the students, who were attracted to the Government House by Fayose’s promise to give the first 300 laptops, went home disappointed when the promise was not fulfilled.
The governor promised to organise a raffle draw to select the laptops’ winners.
He said: “I’m still a member of PDP and the chairman of its Governors’ Forum. There are no two sides to it.
“But the strategy for 2018 election is my business. No law says I should not run on the platform of another party if PDP is no longer a right direction.
“If they are bent on destroying PDP, let them go ahead. I will never have anything to do with Senator Sheriff. The party is like a vehicle and the vehicle can’t be more important than the driver.”
PDP Caretaker Committee Chairman Makarfi has said he did not ask any member to defect.
In a statement yesterday, he said: “Our attention has been drawn to a story that we advised members to defect. It becomes necessary we issue a statement because of the rumours spreading that we have directed people in Lagos State to vote for APGA. We never did so. It should be noted that we at the national level have never asked anyone to defect to another party.”