Ekiti: We Almost Didn’t Field Fayose Because of “the Nigerian Factor” – Mu’azu
The PDP National Chairman , Alhaji Adamu Muazu, on Sunday said Fayose would not have been the party’s candidate if “the Nigerian factor” was considered.
Mu’azu , who led Vice-President Namadi Sambo and members of the party’s National Executive Committee, to pay a congratulatory visit to Jonathan, however did not explain what “the Nigerian factor” is.
He recalled that following Fayose’s emergence as the party’s candidate, many groups reported him to the President for allegedly making a wrong choice.
The PDP boss however commended the President for standing by him in his decision.
He said, “You (the President) has been patient with me especially on the PDP palaver. You gave me the freedom to get a very reliable candidate. I want to thank you.
“Fayose ordinarily, if the Nigerian factor comes in, will never have been our candidate but you and I know that even after he emerged, some groups came to you to report me that I have made the wrong choice.
“More often, when they come to the (Presidential)Villa, Mr. President will insist that I must be there. I have seen the same people, I have appealed to them.
“Mr. President will still insist that I must hear and listen, at the end of the day, the truth has prevailed with the support of Mr. President.
“Without getting our first 11 with the President’s support and encouragement, we would not have been celebrating today. “
Mu’azu said Ekiti and Osun states belonged to the PDP but the party was robbed of the states.
He said the party had been patient and prayerful, saying that the same God who returned Ekiti will return Osun to the party.
The party chairman added, “We all know that both Osun and Ekiti states are PDP states. We have been robbed of them through the process we all know. We have accepted it as law-abiding people and we have been patient and prayerful.
“God the Almighty has returned Ekiti to us. By His special grace, He will also return Osun and many more states.”
He also congratulated Fayemi for appreciating and accepting the will of the people, who in the first place, brought him to power.
Jonathan said the victory was an indication that Mu’azu who he described as the game changer would change many other things.
He said he was particularly happy that the election result was free and fair because nobody was killed nor any property vandalised after the result was released.
Also in Abuja, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, hailed Fayose for winning the poll and the incumbent governor for conceding defeat.
“The governor’s action to congratulate his opponent was a clear proof that our politics is imbibing standard global practice associated with electioneering process”, he said in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media, Mr. Imam Imam.
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