The Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has revealed that Otunba Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has paid his dues. And that he’s not going to shoot him down at any corner, just because of their political differences.
Fayose while speaking to Journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday described Tinubu as one of the most influential and greatest builders of men in the Yoruba land and Nigeria in general.
The former governor explained that he’s not using the statement to pull his weight behind the APC national leader, but that people should learn to appreciate those who have done well, irrespective of their political differences.
He said, “I am not championing the course of Tinubu, I am 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 PDP. There is no gainsaying that fact. Fayose is a prominent son of Yoruba nation. Governors Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa, Okezie Ikpeazu, are prominent sons of southern Nigeria.
“What I am 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”.