Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti yesterday dismissed speculation about his presence at the swearing-in ceremony of Ondo state governor Rotimi Akeredolu, stating that he was there as part of his commitment to Yoruba unity.
Speculation was rife over the online media that the governor may likely dump his party given the manner he had toned down his criticism lately. The governor who is a prominent member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and an avowed critic of the president Buhari led administration, said this in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti.
The statement explained that the unity of his region was too important to play politics with and that he had no option than to be present at the occasion.
“I see nothing wrong in attending the inauguration of an APC person in neigbouring Ondo State.
“Being a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should not stop me from attending the inauguration of an All Progressives Congress (APC) governors,” the governor said.
“This is a Nigerian affair; when a governor is sworn in, we have to support him; we are talking of regional integration and unity here; Akeredolu is already one of us by virtue of his new position.
“We have to support him since electioneering has come and gone and a winner has emerged, and we have to work together in the spirit of the people of our region.
“We cannot play politics with the welfare of the people of our region; we have to support Akeredolu to make the difference.
“This is a matter of the Yoruba nation and after Nigeria, Yoruba nation comes first; we don’t need to play politics with the welfare of Yoruba people.”
When asked if his recent actions are not geared towards dumping his party which is embroiled in a bitter leadership tussle, he said:
“How can I join the APC? As you already know, I am the main issue of the APC.
“They don’t have my size. They are wearing ‘babaringa’ but they don’t have the size of my cloth”