Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose yesterday declared that he will continue to be loyal to President Goodluck Jonathan even after the expiration of his tenure on May 29, 2015.
The governor in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi and made available to newsmen yesterday in Ado Ekiti said under no circumstance would he abandon President Jonathan or dump the Peoples Democratic Party for any other party.
He said there were no regrets now neither would he have any in future, for supporting the candidacy of Jonathan in the last presidential election which President Jonathan lost.
The governor noted that despite receiving what he termed “bloodied nose” in both the political and judicial arena in the hands of the Ekiti masses as represented by him, information at his disposal revealed that those who are after his office had made up their mind, that even after May 29, the state and himself would not know peace.
“I have been informed that I became the prime demolition target of the APC national leadership because of my overt and unalloyed support for President Goodluck Jonathan during the campaigns.
“Insiders in their party also told me that APC leaders were also yet to get over the fact that in the entire South-West, Ekiti was the only state they could not “rob”.
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“I wish to declare unequivocally that I remain loyal to President Jonathan even after May 29 as my support for his re-election and administration was not about bread-and-butter. I was convinced he was moving Nigeria in the right direction, despite all the noise. I have no regrets supporting him. If same situation presents itself again, I would do it all over again,” he said.
According to him, It is no longer news that I defeated an incumbent governor in all the 16 Local Government Areas in the State and that for the first time in the history of Nigeria, attempts were made to use the courts to prevent someone who clearly won a governorship election from assuming office.
“Since June 21, 2014 that the All Progressives Congress (APC) suffered that humiliating defeat, the party has suffered defeats in the entire local government areas in Ekiti State in four other elections, the latest being the House of Assembly election in which APC won no single seat out of the 26 seats.
“Ekiti people have been persistent in their preference for me and my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to correct the ills of the last four years and set the State on the path of greatness.
“Despite that Ekiti people have consistently spoken with their votes against the APC, Nigerians are witnesses to the litany of illegalities being woven by both the national leadership of the party and its Ekiti State chapter, all in an attempt to rob Ekiti people of the mandate freely given to me,” he said.
Fayose however said despite the threat of post May29 handover date, he trusted that Ekiti people would do what is right in securing peace in their land.
“Let me state It clearly that if President Jonathan is deserted by all Nigerians today, I, Ayodele Fayose, would remain with him. I have chosen to be his last-man standing.
“If for this show of loyalty to Mr President and my party, APC and its leaders believe that the best way to pay me back is to make Ekiti ungovernable, the decision on appropriate reaction belongs to the people, whose mandate I keep in trust.”
“I also want to put on record that if all PDP members decamp to APC today, I will remain the last-man standing for the party, even I have no cause to denigrate the office of the president,” he said.
He assured on putting up a robust and engaging opposition both in the South-West, and nationally for All Progressives Congress (APC).