2023: Despite my misgivings about PDP, I will never join APC – Fayose

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The former Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, has said despite his misgivings about the current state of affairs within the Peoples Democratic Party, and his support for the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and he will never join the All Progressives Congress.

Addressing key members of the party in Ado Ekiti on Monday, the former governor also restated his support for Wike, in his contention with the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.

The leadership of the PDP had been making efforts to ensure the support of the Rivers State Governor for the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar.

However,  Wike has been indifferent to the party’s activities since he lost the presidential ticket. The governors of Lagos and Ekiti states, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Kayode Fayemi had, in the company of Fayose, travelled to Rivers State apparently to woo the governor to the APC.

Wike has since said he was not dumping the PDP ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

Fayose said, “A lot has been said, but like I have said many times, let me state it here expressly again that I will never join APC for whatever reason.

“In all the issues we are having as a party, no one has said that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is not our presidential candidate. No one has said too that Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is not our party’s vice presidential candidate.

“Also, we have Senatorial, House of Representatives, and House of Assembly candidates here. Among them are my biological son, Joju, and others who are my political sons and daughters. My interest is that all these candidates should win elections.

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“Therefore, I am appealing to those who are angry to stop being angry. Those who are fighting should stop fighting. Let us face the 2023 elections together and win first. After that, we can resume the fight.”

The PDP candidate in the last Ekiti governorship election, Bisi Kolawole, used the meeting to thank party members for supporting him during the election.

“Even though we lost, I am still grateful to the party for the opportunity and I wish to urge all the party stakeholders to close ranks so that together, we will rise again,” he said.

The State Acting Chairman, Lanre Omolase, who spoke on behalf of the State Working Committee members, affirmed their belief in Fayose’s leadership, saying that those plotting against him should sheath their swords in the interest of the party candidates who are standing for elections next year.