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Leaving PDP For APC Is Like Leaving Jesus Christ For Satan, Says Fayose |RN

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Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has laughed off insinuations of his alleged planned defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A former Chief Whip of the Senate and chieftain of the APC in the state, Gbenga Aluko, over the weekend, claimed that Governor Fayose was making moves to dump the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

But in a swift reaction to the claim, Governor Fayose said his reported defection to APC was a ruse. Fayose’s reaction was contained in a release issued by Governor Fayose Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, and made available to Daily Sun, thenEkiti State governor classified dumping PDP for APC as ‘living Jesus Christ for Satan.’

The statement reads, “The news going viral that Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose is making move to defect to APC, is false. It is a figment of imagination of the APC which manufactured the story.
“Joining APC is like leaving Jesus Christ for Satan. It is like wanting to die by taking Gamalin 20, or planning to commit suicide by jumping down from skye scrapper.
“Fayose will never join the APC, rather, he would welcome APC members to the PDP.
*When PDP was embroiled in leadership crisis, Fayose did not leave the party. Is it now when PDP is positioning itself to win back power in 2019.
Is it APC which merely exist only on pages of newspaper in Ekiti that Fayose will join? Fayose is too big for the APC to accommodate.
“Fayose is preoccupied with plan to transit power from PDP to PDP Ekiti in 2018.”         (The Sun)

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2019: Northern Youths Back Fayose Presidential Bid |The Republican News

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….Say, ‘His criticisms are issues-based’

From: Sola Ojo, Kaduna

A group, the Northern Youth Group (NYG), on Thursday, declared Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, as their presidential candidate come 2019.

The group, which made their intention known while briefing newsmen at the secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State council said, they saw in Governor Fayose a man that would save Nigeria at this crucial time.

Co-chairman of the group, Musa Tukur Gombe, told newsmen that the NYG was not interested in which zone or region produces Nigerian president, but that they believed in the unity of the country as being displayed by the Ekiti State governor.

According to him, “Our mission here this morning is simple. We have come to declare our support for Chief Ayodele Fayose as our presidential candidate come 2017 Insha Allah.

“We know that the incumbent President is from the North but that should not stop any other Nigerian who has the love of the country at heart not to make his ambition known and seek support from his fellow men.

“In Fayose, we see vision, Focus and principles that can help this country a great deal. So, we really need to do more to help Fayose project what is embed in him to realise his dream in 2019.

“Though we have not met before, but we have heard him talking, criticising this government base on issues and not personality or propaganda. That is why it is difficult for anyone to accuse him. He has the right to pour his mind in any burning national issues from his own perspective with facts and figures.

“Like I said earlier, we need to talk about Nigeria and not the region we are coming from. President Muhammadu Buhari is today our president and not the president of Katsina or north or Fulani and that is the eye with which we look at Fayose.

“Now if we put all these and what have you together, it is clear, the man Fayose know what he’s doing and he should be supported to help us wake up from dreaming to actualising the dream as a people and as a country. That is why we are declaring our support for him”.  (The Sun)

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Full Text: Fayose On Occasion Of His Official Declaration To Contest For 2019 PresidentiaL Election

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The full text of the address delivered by His Excellency, Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State, on the occasion of his official declaration to contest the 2019 Presidential Election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

Many good political pundits have seen this coming and it is no surprise that he declared to contest in the next presidential election.

But the question is, will PDP give him a ticket since there is a consensus that a Northerner is most qualified for the seat this time around due to the rotational plan agreed by the party, which Goodluck Jonathan violated, and cited as a reason he was abandoned at the poll.

Here is the address:

I welcome you all to this historic event, which is a landmark in the political landscape of our country, Nigeria.

Mine inviting you today, distinguished leaders of our party, is to inform you formally that I will be seeking the ticket of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to contest the 2019 presidential election. This is without prejudice to our party’s position.

However, I am a supporter of competence and capacity, especially now that this country needs young and able leaders that can take our country out of this present state of hopelessness.

Most importantly, despite that the party has zoned the presidency to the North, it may interest you that no one has come out in this manner to show interest and our party should not wait or beg anyone to fly its flag. Do we now say that if no one comes out from the North, the party won’t have a candidate?

Going down memory lane, in 1999 and 2003, despite that our party zoned the presidency to the South, the likes of Alhaji Abubakar Rimi of blessed memory and Chief Barnabas Gemade contested the ticket.

Also in 2007, some party members from the South did not only declare their intention to contest, they also showed interest and obtained nomination Forms. Those from the South were; Chief Victor Attah, Dr Peter Odili, Dr Sam Egwu, Dr Donald Duke, Dr Chimaroke Nnamani, Owelle Rochas Okorocha among others.

This, in itself, assisted in deepening democracy.

Our party must not lose sight that Nigerians at this period are desirous of a President with demonstrated capacity to change their fortunes. Furthermore, we must be mindful of the fact that our party needs a candidate like me, with a penchant for defeating incumbents.

Twice, I defeated incumbents to become the Governor of Ekiti State and I am confident that with your support as my party leaders and supporters, I will defeat the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, in a free and fair election.

Let me state that in Ekiti, God has used me twice for our party to regain power from the opposition and I believe the same feat will be repeated at the national level.

I do not stand before Nigerians today to present myself as one with the answers to all our national questions. Rather, I present myself as one with the required knowledge, understanding, competence and, above all, the political will to coordinate the human and material resources that we have in abundance to achieve national greatness.

Having served successfully as governor twice in a state with very meagre resources, I have by this garnered enough experience over time to prepare me well enough for the task of leading our country.

By the grace of God, I am the longest-serving governor in Nigeria today, having served under three Presidents – Obasanjo, Jonathan, and now Buhari.

Therefore, I can say expressly that I am well equipped in terms of knowledge, experience as well as physical and mental capacities to hit the ground running as soon as I assume office as President of Nigeria in 2019.

Today, our country is faced with a myriad of problems. Our economy that was the fastest-growing in Africa when our party was in power has gone comatose, with the present managers who are completely clueless.

The scarcity of food last experienced when President Buhari was Military Head of State between 1983 and 1985 has returned to the country, with Nigerians going to bed daily on empty stomach.

Regrettably, a bag of rice that was N7, 000 when PDP was in government is now N17, 000!

Allocation from the Federation Account to the three tiers of government has declined to such a level that most States can no longer carry out the basic obligation of paying workers’ salary.

Under the present government, our economy recorded its second worst investment inflow in 10 years. Exchange Rate that was N197/dollar in 2015 is now over N360/dollar.

In the area of security, which they leveraged on to come to power, despite claims by the government that Boko Haram was technically defeated; Nigerians are being killed by the insurgents while villages are being attacked in the North-East. Also, herdsmen are killing Nigerians and destroying farmlands with reckless abandon while kidnapping is now on the rise.

Most worrisome is the fact that our country is now more divided than ever before, with the unity of the country being threatened due to nepotism, religious bigotry and favouritism of the present government.

Unemployment has risen to an alarming level. Instead of creating three million jobs per year as promised, millions of jobs are being lost daily, with many companies folding up. This government has successfully wiped off the middle-class.

Like they lied to win the election, the APC government of President Buhari has been deceitful for over two years and an end must come to this deceptive government by 2019.

My party leaders, standing before you is Peter (The Rock) Ayodele Fayose, the man already destined by God to take Nigeria out of the present political and economic stagnation.

You are all witnesses to my commitment to this party in this difficult period, where I have demonstrated uncommon courage that makes me stand out as capable of leading our country at this time.

Our economy will be revived and returned to the path of progress that it was before we had the misfortune of having these clueless people in power. We will ensure diversification of the economy through agriculture, adequate supply of power and massive industrialization, thereby creating employment for our youths. We can do it, and we will do it.

With me as your President, you can be rest assured of a government that will be responsive to your needs. You are guaranteed a federal government that will relate with all Nigerians not on the basis of ethnicity, religion, political affiliations and the percentage of votes but on equity and justice as citizens of one nation, one people, and one destiny.

In Ekiti State where I am presently the governor, our success story in education is there for all to see. Ekiti State was number 29th in 2014 NECO examinations but within two years, we were able to move the State to number one in 2016 and again in 2017.

Also in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), Ekiti State’s performance, which was 25 percent in 2014, moved to 74.86 percent in 2017.

We were able to revive this sector because we placed our teachers in the driver-seat of our policies. We will do the same at the national level because we are mindful of the fact that education is the bedrock of the development of any nation.

As a governor, I encouraged my children to attend schools here in Nigeria and I have never travelled abroad for Medicare. This, I hope to sustain as president of Nigeria by making sure that our schools and health facilities are of international standard.

Our justice system will be such that judges will not be molested and the common people of this country will see our courts as truly their last hope while our security system will make all Nigerians feel safe living in their own country.

Our fight against corruption will not be selective but total.

My party leaders, I present myself to you as the needed vehicle for our party to move back to the presidency. I am doing so because I am confident that with God and all of you behind me, we can do it, and we will do it.

Thanks and God bless.

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JUST IN: Fayose Declares Presidential Ambition, Says I’m Here For The Taking |RN

…Declares for President,  vows to defeat Buhari

From: Segun Adio and  Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, on Thursday, submitted himself to serve the people of the country if given the opportunity to serve, saying ‘I am here for the taking.”

He said this while formally declaring his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election. Governor Fayose declared his intention at the Golden Hall, Chelsea Hotel, Abuja,

At the occasion, he also vowed to defeat incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari at the poll.

Governor Fayose, who said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) could not wait for the North to present a candidate if the there were no interested candidates from the region, maintained that he would seize the opportunity to govern if his party gave it to him.

He also said that once the next year’s presidential election was free and fair, he would defeat President Muhammadu Buhari and regain the seat for his party.

He said, “I don’t want to be a billionaire.  I want to be president of Nigeria.  I know  I have haters,  they will not die. Fellow Nigerians, I am here for the taking. They will watch me enter Aso Rock. I am here to tell you that the hour of the lord has come for Nigeria.  I have not lost any battle.

“This calling of mine is without repentance.  God will not apologise to you for making me, president,”

“I challenge the North to come out and declare their intention to run for the seat of President of Nigeria.  (The Sun)

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Reveal Names Of ‘Treasury Looters’ Sponsoring IPOB, Fayose Tells Lai Mohammad

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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to name those “treasury looters” that he claimed were sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), saying “it is high time Nigerians begin to hold the Information Minister accountable for his frivolous claims.”

Governor Fayose, who said the Information Minister was fast assuming the position of the “Liar-General” of the federation, having lied to gain power and still lying to sustain it, pointed out that;’ “more than 20 months after he claimed that 55 Nigerians stole over N1.34 trillion from the country’s treasury from 2006 to 2013, Lai Mohammed is yet to tell Nigerians who the 55 people are.”

In a statement issued on Tuesday, by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, he described Lai Mohammed as “an embodiment of contradictions, who speaks from several sides of his mouth, turning himself into a vegetable while struggling to defend a government that has done more evil than good to Nigeria and its people.”

The governor called on Nigerians to prevail on the Information Minister to name the treasury looters sponsoring IPOB and provide proof of the sponsorship as well as the 55 people that he said stole over N1.34.

Governor Fayose said; “In the history of his lying career, if he (Lai Mohammed) is able to read through his past comments and juxtapose them with his present comments, he will realize the contradiction that he has become.

“On June 10, 2013, Lai Mohammed spoke against the proscription of Boko Haram, saying that it stifled the press and tampered with the fundamental human rights of Nigerians. He also spoke in support of true federalism and restructuring of Nigeria. But today, in defence of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, everything Lai Mohammed supported then, he is now against and what he was against then, he now supports.

“It is shameful that Lai Mohammed now runs speedily to defend the lion king and his autocratic government so that he won’t be devoured and in the process of trying to avoid being sacked, he is manufacturing lies like pure water.

Calling on the international community, especially the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the heinous crime being committed by the military against Nigerians in the Southeast, Governor Fayose said there was no law in Nigeria empowering the military to declare any organization as a terrorist and kill unarmed people.   (The Sun)

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Just In: Army Unwarranted Rage On IPOB Is Ethnic Cleansing – Fayose |RN

 

 

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The Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayo Fayose has described the invasion of the South East by the army and killings as ethnic cleansing and unacceptable.

He lamented in an address that “Nigeria is under ethnic cleansing, and I warned Nigerians ahead of Buhari’s election.”

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(Photos) Gov. Fayose Wears Turban, Marks Eid-el-Kabir With Muslims|RN

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While the tenure of Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose lasted in Ekiti State during his first term between May 29, 2003, and October 16, 2006, he was known to uniquely celebrate his birthdays in the church.

The governor would lay prostrate before the altar in fervent prayers to God in the name of Jesus Christ, and would only get up when he was certain he had been heard.

The beat seems to have changed, though; as Gov Fayose is seen here fully turbaned and offering prayers to Allah during the ongoing Eid-el-Kabir.

The venue was the Muslim Community Praying Ground, Odo-Ado, Ado-Ekiti on Friday.

Barka da Sallah, Your Excellency!

See the photos, as posted by the Special Adviser, Public Communications & New Media to Ekiti State Governor, Mr Lere Olayinka.

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