We Almost Didn’t Field Fayose As PDP Candidate – Mu’azu

EKITI-2-1200x520National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, on Sunday said Ekiti State governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose would not have been the party’s candidate if “the Nigerian factor” was taken into consideration.

Mu’azu, who led Vice-President Namadi Sambo and members of the party’s National Executive Committee, to pay a congratulatory visit to President Goodluck Jonathan at the presidential villa, Abuja, however, did not explain what he meant by “Nigerian factor”.

The PDP chairman recalled that following Fayose’s emergence as the party’s flag bearer in the just-concluded elections, many groups reported him to President Jonathan for allegedly making a wrong choice.

Mu’azu, however, hailed the president for standing by him in his decision.

He said, “You (the President) has been patient with me especially on the PDP palaver. You gave me the freedom to get a very reliable candidate. I want to thank you.

“Fayose ordinarily, if the Nigerian factor comes in, will never have been our candidate but you and I know that even after he emerged, some   groups came to you to report me that I have made the wrong choice.

“More often, when they come to the (Presidential) Villa, Mr. President will insist that I must be there. I have seen the same people, I have appealed to them.

“Mr. President will still insist that I must hear and listen, at the end of the day, the truth has prevailed with the support of Mr. President.

“Without getting our first 11 with the President’s support and encouragement, we would not have been celebrating today“.

Mu’azu maintained that Ekiti and Osun states belonged to the PDP but the party was robbed of the states.

He said the party had been patient and prayerful, stressing that the same God who returned Ekiti, will return Osun to the party.

The party chairman added, “We all know that both Osun and Ekiti states are PDP states. We have been robbed of them through the process we all know. We have accepted it as law-abiding people and we have been patient and prayerful.

“God the Almighty has returned Ekiti to us. By His special grace, He will also return Osun and many more states”.

He also congratulated the incumbent governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for appreciating and accepting the will of the people, who in the first place, brought him to power.

In a related development, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, has hailed Fayose for winning the poll and the incumbent governor for conceding defeat.

“The governor’s action to congratulate his opponent was a clear proof that our politics is imbibing standard global practice associated with electioneering process”, he said in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media, Mr. Imam Imam.

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