Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State and Southwest coordinator of the Atiku/Obi campaign, Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday predicted that the northern part of the country will disappoint President Mohammadu Buhari in the forthcoming February 16 Presidential poll.
He stated that the economic hardship biting hard on the citizenry and poor performance of the Buhari government were indications to his declaration.
His words: “In 2014/2015, I stood as an outstanding Nigerian who said Buhari is not fit to be president and I still stand by that, all the governors of the north east are coming to Abuja to cry, I am not one of the crying governors.
“The killings in Nigeria in the last three and half years are more than the killings that Nigerian have witnessed from independence to the time of Buhari.
“I want to assure you that the same northern Nigeria will disappoint President Buhari in the coming elections. Let us stand firm for this party, let us remain united and focused and I assure you we will win in February 16.”
Fayose while reacting to the factional group led by Senator Biodun Olujimi, said that he had been fair to all caucuses of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state in constituting members of the state’s campaign council by allowing every leader of the caucuses to choose representatives to be part of the council he has inaugurated.
“I won’t ever fight for leadership. It is the people who will identify their leaders. I am not contesting any election”, he said.
The ex-governor also said that there were still rooms for others, including those aggrieved, to be part of the other committees that would be set up by the council.
He urged members of the party to remain united and focused and assured them that the party would win the forthcoming Presidential election.
He thereafter inaugurated the Atiku/Obi campaign council in the state, which has Prof Kolapo Olusola, as chairman, state party chairman, Gboyega Oguntuase as Secretary and former Chief of Staff, Dipo Anisulowo as Director General.
Chairman of the state PDP and council Secretary said: “This is the legal and legitimate gathering for the event, this is the centre of the leadership of the party in Ekiti State. Any other gathering is not only illegal but it is also provocative but we shall not be provoked.
“Wherever the party chairman is, that is the centre and since the state party chairman is here, it is this only place that this inauguration remain valid
“Nigerians have said that there must be change and we have been able to put together formidable and tested members of the party as members of the proposed campaign council of the Atiku/Obi campaign council.”