- Former governor Fayose has again lambasted Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state
- Fayose said that Makinde is a good follower, not a leader
- The ex-governor noted that he would ensure that the party becomes stronger in the southwest
The crisis rocking the southwest chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, December 21, took another twist as the former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, hit hard at Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state.
The battle of who controls the party in the southwest has pitched the two leaders against each other and their supporters were not spared either.
PM News reports that Fayose described Makinde as a “baby governor”, who should be his follower and not his leader.
Legit.ng gathered that the ex-governor stated this in Lagos while receiving prominent members of the party who paid him a solidarity visit.
According to the report, the delegation was led by Senator Nicholas Tofowomo representing Ondo south district in the National Assembly.
Among the delegation were Olafeso, former House of Representatives member, Lad Ojomo, ex-House of Assembly member, Niyi Ogunboye, Chief Ibini Oyedele, Chief Tunde Akindehin, Pastor Larry Ogunmusere, Ife Akinsoyinu, Sola Ebiwonjumi, Olusola Adewo, Adeolu Akinseye and Ebenezer Alabi.
Fayose, however, noted that it was earlier agreed at Makinde’s house at Ibadan, that an ex-Ondo state information commissioner, Eddy Olafeso, should be the next PDP national vice-chairman (west).
He, however, warned Makinde to earn leadership and not claim it as a title.
“Tell the baby governor that the way up is the way down. Let Makinde put feeding bottle in the mouth of his dogs. You are called a leader because you earned it, not your title."
He also lambasted Makinde’s supporters for calling him an “APC man.”
The former governor queried why he wasn’t called such when he supported the Oyo state governor and worked for his victory in the last general elections.
“Can I be an All Progressives Congressman and be fighting Buhari (the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)? I was governor at 42. He is a governor at 51. I don’t deserve an insult from Makinde.
“Governor Makinde is not my leader. He is my follower. Respect should beget respect. I have been a warrior. They thought I will be with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission now. But, I am surviving."
Fayose, however, commended members of the delegation who visited him for not sitting on the fence.
“It is dangerous to sit on the fence. I don’t play to the gallery.”
Speaking at the gathering, Senator Tofowomo, who led the prominent members, said Fayose was a credible leader of the PDP in the southwest.
Tofowomo added that Fayose would be supported because he was accessible, a grassroots operator and a defender of fairness, equity and justice in the party in the last 17 years.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Fayose reacted to the Kankara abduction in a series of tweets on his official Twitter handle on Friday, December 18.
It was reported that former governor who is also a chieftain of the opposition PDP, said Nigerians must learn from the experiences going forward.
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