Former governor of Ekiti State and one of the front-runners for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket, Ayo Fayose has said that should he be elected governor of Ekiti State again in 2014, he won’t visit vengeance on the people that plotted his impeachment in 2006.
Fayose, who made this known in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital yesterday at a rally to flag-off his tour of the 16 local government areas of the state preparatory to the governorship election later in the year, was impeached on October 16, 2006.
Fayose also declared his admiration for the conduct of primaries to choose the PDP flag-bearer for the polls, adding that he would support whoever emerges as candidate through the process.
Selling his candidature to the people, the former governor said he is the most qualified to confront the incumbent governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi in the forthcoming election, having defeated Otunba Niyi Adebayo in 2003 in a circumstance similar to the present situation.
Fayose said: “I am not an advocate of consensus. I love primaries. I was one of those who fought that there should be primaries and I am ready for it. When we go to the field, we will all test our popularity among our members.
“I am ready to support whoever emerges in a transparent primaries (sic), even if he defeats me by only one vote. I don’t take pleasure in anything that doesn’t follow due process”.
On the fear that he might embark on a vengeance mission against those that worked on his impeachment if elected governor, Fayose clarified that “some said I will be vindictive, am I God? Vengeance is of the Lord.
“Whether you like it or not, PDP still needs someone like me. Our party should not field someone who cannot win election. I don’t want to end at the level of candidacy the way others were thinking, I want to get the ticket and conquer for you.
“I want to be installed as PDP governor come October 16, which marks the eighth year of my impeachment from the government house in Ekiti and by the grace of God, I shall be restored”.