By Sulaiman Salaudeen in Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has thrown another tantrums at former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, alleging that the retired general is “begging for relevance”.
Speaking with journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital after he was declared by the State House of Assembly as the Leader of Opposition, Fayose said:”For everything I say, I say it in good conscience, when I was
criticising the president before he became president of Nigeria, they thought I will be quiet after, No. Tomorrow if I find him wanting, I will tell him. The president is not God, he’s only leader of our country for a period of time.
“The likes of Obasanjo were looming larger than life at that time, where are they now? They are at Ota,
they are begging for relevance now, they go to the villa (Aso Rock) every day to beg for ministerial nominees. I was ‘watching’ him in the papers, whether he was prostrating for Buhari or he was exchanging compliments
I don’t know. I can’t explain it. At certain times, you must know when to switch off, you must know when to turn off and you must know when to go to bed’.
Fayose said he was not bordered about whether he is called Leader of Opposition or not, saying nobody could take away his voice.
“For me, whether they call me Leader of Opposition or not Leader of Opposition or call me Ayo Fayose, I’m not even Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum and I’m not desperate for anything but you can’t take
away my voice. You can throw away my word but you can’t throw me away.
“I remain resolute, I stand by the common man of this country. Tomorrow, Nigerians will appreciate me, it is in turbulent times we know the strength of character of a man, in turbulent times like this, and it is shame on PDP leaders decamping because of relevance. They should keep their relevance, whatever we do will live after us, good or bad”.
The Ekiti State governor turns 55 this weekend and a thanksgiving service has been planned to hold on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti. He said turning 55 was the will of God, adding that many others had died at 20 or 30.
The governor said he is not interested in contested for any other political office and that his constant criticism of President Buhari and his administration is not to prepare him for any future political office, saying he has three more years as governor and he will devote those years to the service of the people.
“I am not interested in anything, even this one, this one that I am serving, it is the will of God for me, there is nothing to vie for. Yoruba is not by morals, by morals, it can’t be the turn of Yoruba if truly we are into rotation and for me, I’m not vying for anything, I’m not equally going to the Senate. Senate is what most
governors will rush to, I’m not going. I won’t contest for Senate. So anybody expressing anything for me maybe it is preparation of one thing or the other, that person is wasting his time because I’m not going to beg for any office,” he said.
“I have gotten to this position because God wants me there and I’m not going to be part of any promotion to position me, No. I still have 3 years ahead of me, who knows what will happen in 3 years’ time, who knows what will happen in 2 years’ time, who knows where Nigeria in itself would be, so we should all strive for the survival of this country first and forget about positioning yourself. Great leaders don’t talk about their political placement, they talk about country’s placement, where the country would be at the appropriate time. But on the issue of what I stand for and what I say, I have no apologies and with all due respect, I have been like this from time immemorial and I have no apologies because this country belongs to all of us”.
On turning 55, Fayose said: “This weekend I will be 55, a lot of people died when they were 10 years old, some died when they were 20, some when they were 30, 40 but I’m 55, if I die today my children will still entertain guests at my burial, you understand, they will equally leverage on my achievements for consolation, so if at 55, Eemm, Eemm, Gowon was president of this country at 28 or 29, Obasanjo was president of Nigeria at 37, today I’m still battling with the office of a governor and those people we are talking about are still talking in the public after being 80 or 90 years of age”.