•Gbenga Daniel’s connection
•Bode George wades in
Indications have emerged on why out-going Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state may quit the People Democratic Party (PDP), after he has remained the main voice of the opposition party.
Those who should know said the recent emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the presidential candidate of the party and the manner he was treated at the end of the convention in Port Harcourt, is the reason he may bid the party farewell.
“Shortly after Atiku had delivered his acceptance speech and others retreated to the Government House, (Nyesom) Wike asked the Atiku Campaign team headed by former governor Gbenga Daniel to go and see Fayose, but Gbenga Daniel said there was no need to see Fayose”, said a source who confided in Sunday Telegraph.
“This infuriated Fayose, hence the statement which he issued Monday afternoon, after the convention.”
Our source added. Fayose, it was further gathered felt betrayed, used and dumped, knowing fully well that he has just a few days left to hand over as the Governor of Ekiti state and the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum.
When the news of his intention to dump PDP broke Monday afternoon, Sunday Telegraph leant that many of the PDP members and those sympathetic to the party did not like it. A mutual friend of Fayose and Bode George put a call through to the former Deputy National Chairman, South West of the PDP, as well as Faoyse, where he told the caller to warn them (PDP).
“Where were they when everyone lost his voice and became afraid of confronting the opposition,” he was quoted as saying. Bode Geroge’s initial reaction was to call the bluff of Fayose and dared him to go. But the mutual friend told him that PDP needs everybody and it will not do the party any good, to ask anyone to go. Bode George thereafter let down his gauntlet and promised to call Fayose and appeal to him not to go.
But a former aide of Gbenga Daniel, who spoke to Sunday Telegraph on condition of anonymity said that it was one of the usual antics of Fayose.
“It is all political relevance. Fayose knows that he would be out of government in a few days. Out there he knows it could be cold and lonely. That is why he is seeking for relevance. “He wants to join the APC in order to evade trial by EFCC, just like other former governors who have been given soft landing by the EFCC. I wonder where this will take him.”
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