Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC), is “playing with fire” on the handling of its governorship primary in Lagos State.
Governor Fayose, who stated this in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday, said the party was playing “a dangerous political game by placing party politics before the popular will of the people.”
This is just as a former governor of Sokoto State and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, has stated that his party was watching the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the APC as the general election approaches.
Bafarawa, who visited Fayose in relation to his presidential aspiration, in Ado Ekiti, said the PDP as a party would enlighten Nigerians on what to do at the right time, in 2019.
Governor Fayose, who spoke after his meeting with Bafarawa, said the development in Lagos would consume APC, saying general election did not end with party politics.
He said: “The APC itself will show Nigerians where we would put a rope on their neck. The party is gradually and daily taking Nigerians for granted. They forgot that general election does not end with party politics.
“APC is playing a dangerous politics that can destroy this country. They are robbing people of their mandate with impunity. This is was what the defunct NPN did in 1983, the party forced itself on the people but God defeated them”
On the visiting Bafarawa, Fayose said: ” Alhaji Bafarawa is eminently qualified to lead Nigeria. He has served this country well as governor of Sokoto for two terms, and if you consider his contribution to the development of our nation even as a leader, for him to say he wants to be President is well deserved.
“He is an old hand who knows the nitty-gritty of our nation. This matter goes behind Ekiti and we as a party must ensure we have a good show.”
“The delegates must ensure that the convention produces the right man for the job. Bafarawa, and his colleagues in the race in PDP, if any of them is put forward, they will perform excellently well in 2019.
” His coming for the second time shows that he believes in the people. He knows Ekiti has a good number of candidates and he didn’t come here to say we shouldn’t vote for someone. But he says we should ensure that the convention is successful, free and fair. He said he is offering himself for service and sought our support. I have assured him that I will not induce our delegates, I will allow them to make their own choice because if we make our own choice, we will have problems.”
Bafarawa who said he was in Ekiti for the second time mainly for the interest of the nation and not for personal interest, said:” I told you earlier, power belongs to God and we are for national interest, not for personal interest. Only God gives power to the people. Nobody gives power but God, I have done my best in consulting widely with delegates in all the states and we believe they have heard us and by Saturday they will make their decision which we will respect.”
Commenting on APC and PDP face-off in 2019, Bafarawa said: ” as the strongest opposition party, our eyes are open and we are watching the INEC and APC see whether justice will be done or not. And if injustice is being done will alert the people.”