The leadership tussle in the southwest PDP between former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose and governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has degenerated to another level when the former on Wednesday, warned the Oyo State governor to stop disrespecting him or he will “work against” him
Mr Ayo Fayose stated this in an interview with The PUNCH newspaper.
quoting him he said, “If Governor Makinde continues to disrespect me, I will work against him,”
It would be recalled that the leadership of the South-West arm of the Peoples Democratic Party has been embroiled in a crisis with Fayose and Makinde at the centre of the ruckus.
Makinde, a first-term governor, is the only governor of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West zone while the other five states in the region are ruled by the governors of the All Progressives Congress.
Speaking on Wednesday, Fayose said he was amongst party chieftains who worked in 2019 to ensure Makinde emerged the winner of the governorship election in Oyo.
Makinde is constitutionally permitted to run for a second term in 2023 but Fayose warned him to retrace his step or he will work against his re-election.
The ex-governor of Ekiti, therefore, urged Makinde to speak out if he has anything against him.
When asked what the bone of contention between himself and the Oyo State governor was, Fayose said, “He (Makinde) is the one to tell you if there is any bone of contention. In this West, I am his brother, I am his father.”
Fayose stated, “When Makinde was to contest, I was the one that presented the flag to him and a red pen. It is a higher authority that hangs your rank, a senior officer hangs the rank of a junior officer, which means he saw me as a leader at the time I was giving him the flag at Ogbomosho.
“It was Governor (Rasheed) Ladoja that was holding the structure that we gave to him (Makinde), I was the only sitting governor at the time. I had the power to influence it negatively. Are you telling me the man that gave you a red pen has suddenly become your enemy? If he has anything against me, let him say it. Governor Makinde should take it easy.
“When they were contesting an election in Oyo State, I was the one giving him information about the senatorial election. I never slept all night. In his own election, I was with him in Ibadan. If he disrespects us, we will tell him that we have the capacity to… I am not his mate.
“If he wants peace, he should stop that nonsense, I say it again nonsense. I mean every word I am saying. I’m a responsible Nigerian. If we were born in the same family, I will be older than Governor Makinde by 10 years even if I was not the governor. I should be respected. I am a respectable figure in this country, forget any other story any other politician may say.”
Fayose also said he has no plan to join the APC or any other political party. “We need a certain level of honor, we need a certain level of principles to be able to lead in this country,” he noted.
“Even when I was supporting Governor (Kayode) Fayemi in Ekiti, I told them I can never join APC in my life. It was Governor (Segun) Oni that disrespected me and I worked for Governor Fayemi. If Governor Makinde continues to disrespect me like this, I will work against him. I don’t operate underneath; you know where you are with me. If Governor Makinde wants to hear the story of how he became governor, I will tell him,” the ex-governor added.