A former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has said that he’s supporting the presidential ambition of Governor Ayodele Fayose because “unlike most, he has courage.”
Fayose’s tenure as Ekiti State governor comes to an end by 2018.
“We come from completely different backgrounds and we do not agree on everything but we have a similar disposition and we share the same perspective on most things.
“He is not bound up in fear and he is not chained down by political correctness. He speaks the raw and bitter truth and he stands up for the weak and the defenceless.
“Like me, he moves in the prophetic and his source of strength is the spirit and power of God.
“We both love God and we are both men of strength, courage, faith and destiny. The spirit of David and Jehu runs through us both. We neither fear death nor incarceration and we hate injustice, evil and oppression,” Premium Times quoted him as saying.
It’d be recalled that Mr. Fayose on Thursday in Abuja formally declared his intention to run for president in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The governor, who is famous for his criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, said he’s joining the race in order to tackle the Nigeria’s multi-facetted problems.
PDP steer the affairs of the country for 16 years until it’s dislodged in a 2015 general elections by the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Since coming to power the APC-led government had is uncovered misappropriation and embezzlement of the federal treasury in which hundreds of PDP members had been accused. PDP says the government is selective.
Fani-Kayode, who praised Fayose for a job well done in his state, also gave him kudos for consistently and fearlessly stood against “the evil of the Buhari administration and constantly kept them on their toes.”
“He is a Yoruba man who has the courage and conviction to say that he wants to be president. Why would I not stand with him and attend the launching of his campaign?
“I believe that he would make an excellent president and effect the necessary changes and restructuring that our country desperately needs.
“I am very proud of Ayo Fayose and I never desert or abandon my friends. He is and will always be my friend and brother.”
“Fayose can’t run for president under PDP”-Nwode
Fayose’s declaration has attracted huge political criticism from a former National Chairman of the PDP, Okwesilieze Nwodo.
Nwode was quoted as saying that Fayose could not run for president because the party had zone the slot to the north following the adoption of the recommendations of a committee headed by the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, in 2015.
“….We did not only zone the presidency to the north, we have re-emphasised at every opportunity we had that the zoning will take place,” Mr. Nwodo.
“So the party will not collect expression of interest money from anybody else who is not from the north and will not issue him a nomination from to contest; no, we will not do that.”
Nwode is a member of the PDP Board of Trustees