The governor of Ekiti state chief Ayodele Fayose says, despite the zoning by his political party, the people democratic party PDP on the 2019 ticket to run for presidency, he is is in the race.
Fayose who spoke on friday reasured that he has not withdrawn from the race, saying that he decided to soft-pedal on his campaign because of the pending July 14, 2018 governorship election in the state adding that the campaign would kick off immediately after the state election.
The controversial governor boasted to defeat former governor Kayode Fayemi if he is picked as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He also allayed the fears of some PDP aggrieved aspirants calling on the Chief Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee to stop the governor from interfering with the primary, adding that the state has no role to play in the shadow election, saying it remains the prerogative of the NWC of the party.
Fayose stated this yesterday during an interactive session with teachers in public primary and secondary schools at the government house in Ado Ekiti. Notable aspirants including a former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Senator Biodun Olujimi , Owoseeni Ajayi and Amb Dare Bejide, had at a joint press conference on Monday advised Secondus to checkmate Fayose and ensure that credible primary is conducted in Ekiti.
Fayose said : “I am still in the presidential race I am only waiting for the time Ekiti governorship election will hold so I can have the time. Though, I am making contacts, I am reaching out to the people that matter across the country.
“I have no role to play, only the NWC will present the delegate lists for them to elect the candidate, so I won’t interfere despite my support for Prof Kolapo Olusola. “I have no regret supporting Olusola , if it were those people I had supported, they won’t be abusing me. But they remain our brothers and sister and we are going to put our house in order at the right time so that we can be on the same page”, Fayose added.