Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has disclosed that he will not hesitate to criticize President Bola Tinubu’s Government if he fails to deliver on campaign promises.
Fayose stated while speaking with state house correspondents, shortly after his closed-door meeting with President Tinubu, at the Aso Villa, Abuja on Thursday, July 6, 2023.
Fayose, a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party had visited the President at the State House Abuja, on Thursday, for a closed-door meeting which was not revealed to anybody.
The former Ekiti Governor who restated that he will never leave his party to join the ruling All Progressives Congress, said he will be the first person to criticize the President if he derailed from his promises to Nigerians.
However, the Governor who expressed hope in Tinubu’s administration, said the president has been doing well with his policies, since he was inaugurated on May 29, 2023.
He restated elections are over, and it is time to govern, urging Nigerians to rally around the president who he said is alert and has a clear direction of where he is taking the country.
According to him, President Tinubu cannot do it alone, noting despite working with Tinubu, alongside some opposition party leaders such as Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde and former Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, he can never join the ruling APC.
He, however, stated that he did not expect Tinubu to fail, noting that if there is any delay, it will not be a deliberate act on the part of the President.
“My name is Ayo Fayose, I came to share moments with the President and Commander-in-Chief, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“I’m happy to be here, one to congratulate the good people of Nigeria on the fact that this is a new beginning, a renewed hope.
“The steps so far taken can readily give us the direction of this government.
“Elections have come and gone, without prejudice to the courts. But it’s no more time for campaigning or selling a political party, it is time to govern Nigeria for the benefit of children yet unborn and those of us that are still here and to equally let you know that I had a very wonderful time with the President.
“You will see him very alert and very clearly in the direction he wants to take the country, but he can’t do it alone, he needs all of us.
“Whosoever is in this saddle is Nigeria on the saddle and we must stand by him, we must give our best and I want to tell you that people like me, others like Governor Wike, Governor Makinde and other wonderful Nigerians, we have made up our minds that it is better to stand with a man of vision and to stand with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for the betterment of our country. That is why I’m here,” he stated.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, When Fayose was asked if he is still a member of the PDP and if he will accept any appointment from President Tinubu if he decides to appoint him, he said, “Let me start with the last one. Let me say again, unequivocally, I’ve said it in several fora. I will never be a member of the APC.
“I am a PDP man, if anything takes me out of the PDP or if I don’t do partisan politics again, I will be the husband of my wife at home.
“It is not a matter of party, Nigeria is bigger than all political parties and all interest groups.
“I want to tell you again, you don’t have to take an appointment to make a difference. Nigeria is about 200 million population, and we all can’t be on appointment, whosoever makes it, either in the APC or in the attempt to have a government of national unity, it’s all about service.
“May I say to you expressly, I am not a desperate person at all, but I don’t shy away and I will never shy away to give direction wherever I am.
“I am with this government, without apologies. The majority in the past can tell you, even when I was a sitting governor in Ekiti, I’ve always spoken well of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“I never knew and may I say to you, the agenda that I joined the G5 to pursue is to have a Southern President. Today, a Southern President has emerged and we’re all with him,” he added.
While responding to a question about what he and other PDP chieftains are doing to revive the party, he said, “I want to say to you that Nigerians know me very well when President Buhari was to come. From day one, I made it very clear that the President will not do well.
“I did not hide, I was open to it and I said it repeatedly. May I say to you, ladies and gentlemen of the press, let me tell you, if Asiwaju turns back on his promise, all he said when he was campaigning, I will be the first to talk. I am not timid o and I don’t shy away from facing challenges.
“But the man I have seen today, I don’t eulogize and I don’t praise to curry favour, I am no more a small boy. Let me tell you, the man I saw today and for the actions we have seen, means well for Nigeria.
“But if there’s any reason to derail, it will not be deliberate and we will all be able to draw his attention to his brief as the President and Commander-in-Chief of our country.
“Let us be optimistic, let us be hopeful and let us believe that there will be a turnaround,” he stated.
However, he stated that if a government is doing the right thing, there is no need to oppose such a government.
“I’m doing more than the opposition. If the government in power is not doing the right thing, we’ll be courageous enough to tell the government in power. That was why I told you, when Buhari was President in this country I didn’t shy away from telling him the truth and the government.
“May I say to you, I’ve said here, that if the President, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, is shying away from his brief, I Ayo Fayose, Oshoko, will be courageous enough to tell him.
“You see, I’m 63, I’m not a small boy anymore. I stand by what I say. I want to assure you that you don’t have to be in a political party to stand up and be ibe n the opposition. But you don’t oppose when you don’t need to oppose though. You don’t fight an innocent person if that person has not done anything wrong,” he said.