- Former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has described Tinubu as a pillar in Nigeria
- The ex-governor said he would not join hand with Tinubu's political enemies to pull him down
- Fayose emphasised that the APC national leader must be respected because he has paid his due in the country
Despite the criticisms of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, by some Nigerians, especially the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has risen to defend the ex-governor of Lagos state.
The Nation reports that Fayose said he would not join political enemies of the APC leader to shoot him down politically.
Legit.ng gathered that Fayose described Asiwaju Tinubu as one of the greatest builders of men in Yoruba land and Nigeria at large.
The PDP chieftain, who noted that though he was not holding brief for Tinubu, added that people should learn how to appreciate those who had done creditably well despite political differences.
“I am not championing the course of Tinubu, I’m not in the position to do that, but there is no denying the fact that Tinubu is a prominent Yoruba leader, whether in APC or in PDP. There is no gainsaying that fact. Fayose is a prominent son of the Yoruba nation. Governors Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa, Okezie Ikpeazu, are prominent sons of southern Nigeria.
“What I’m trying to say is that we can’t hide their identities and goodwill for political reasons. We can’t deny their contributions. Other leaders from the north like Ahmadu Bello Sardauna, they made different impacts not necessarily like Awolowo. So, Tinubu has paid his dues. I have paid my dues, Okowa has paid his dues, Wike has paid his dues, we need to acknowledge them.
“The late Balarabe Musa, who was a leader of note and repute, cannot be forgotten in history. For me, Tinubu has paid his dues, I stand by that. I have not seen Tinubu after the Ekiti election by any means, we haven’t even met at a function or saw him passed.
“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 APC and I will never be. But I supported Governor Fayemi to be governor by Tinubu’s influence at a time.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the president of Nigeria Presidential Project (NNP), Walter Oji, disclosed that about 46 professors across ethnic groups in Nigeria were working towards the actualisation of the Igbo presidency in 2023.
It was reported that Oji made this disclosure during the inauguration of NPP in Akwa, the Anambra state capital on Monday, November 9.
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