A former Governor of Ekiti State an a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Ayodele Fayose, has described as wicked and unthinkable the alleged gang-up by some elements in the South-West against the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Fayose, who spoke with journalists in his Afao-Ekiti country home at the weekend, said he would never cease to raise his voice against any individual or group behind or nurturing the sinister plan against Tinubu.

Fayose, who clarified that he was not holding brief for Tinubu, however, added that people should learn how to appreciate those who had impacted on the lives of the people regardless of political differences.

He disclosed that many people, whom he described as desperate politicians, have benefitted in one way or the other in the political benevolence of the APC National Leader.

The two-term governor of Ekiti argued that Tinubu’s influence in the evolution of politics in Yorubaland and efforts in nurturing leaders cannot be underestimated or ignored on political frenzy.

The PDP leader posited that the responsibility to protect Tinubu from attacks and ridicule from any quarters should not be subjected to a political consideration but the business of all the Yorubas.

“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 in 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, etc; 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,” Fayose said.

“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.”

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