I won’t join those discrediting Tinubu – Fayose

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Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose says he will not join those downplaying the achievements of APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over political differences.

The PDP chieftain stated this during an interview with journalists as part of activities marking his 60th birthday in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday.

Fayose stated that although he was not holding brief for Tinubu, people must learn to appreciate others that have done well.

He described the former Lagos State Governor as one of the greatest builders of men that Yoruba land has ever produced.

“I am not championing the course of Tinubu, but there is no denying the fact that he is a prominent Yoruba leader, whether in APC or PDP. There is no gainsaying that fact that Fayose is a prominent son of the Yoruba nation. Governors Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa, Okezie Ikpeazu, are prominent sons of southern Nigeria.

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“What I am trying to say is that we can’t hide their identities and goodwill for political reasons. We can’t deny their contributions.

“President Muhammadu Buhari condoled with me on the death of my sister; does it mean we are on the same page politically? No. I will not sit down in any corner to shoot down Tinubu. I am not a member of the APC and I will never be, but I supported Governor Fayemi by Tinubu’s influence at a time.

“Some of our leaders are without ideology. They go for only what they feel would benefit them.

“Everything in Nigeria is currently sick, and it is a function of the leadership we have. That Governor Umahi joined the APC after benefiting several positions in the PDP is unprincipled. We do not accept his excuses.

“I am not satisfied with some things in the PDP, but leaving the party does not equally solve the problems,’’ he said.

Commenting on Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi’s decision to quit the PDP for the APC, Fayose said he would not abandon his party like some that lack political ideology, saying those that did such were “political robbers”.

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