A former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, is not the leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-west stating that leadership should be earned and not for anyone as a title.
According to Fayose, an ex-Ondo State Information Commissioner, Dr Eddy Olafeso, should be the next PDP National Vice Chairman (West) as it was earlier agreed in Makinde’s house at Ibadan, Oyo State.
Fayose and Makinde who have been at loggerheads over the leadership of the South-West PDP, stated these in Lagos on Monday while receiving some delegation of the party who paid him a solidarity visit.
The prominent members were led by Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, representing Ondo South District in the National Assembly.
Among the delegation were Olafeso, former House of Representatives member, Lad Ojomo, ex-House of Assembly member, Niyi Ogunboye, Chief Ibini Oyedele, Chief Tunde Akindehin, Pastor Larry Ogunmusere, Ife Akinsoyinu, Sola Ebiwonjumi, Olusola Adewo, Adeolu Akinseye and Ebenezer Alabi.
Fayose commended members of the delegation for “not sitting on the fence” adding that “It is dangerous to sit on the fence. I don’t play to the gallery.”
He also lambast Makinde’s supporters for calling him an “APC man,” stating that he wasn’t labelled as such when he supported the Oyo State governor and worked for his victory in last general elections.
Fayose added, “Tell the baby governor that the way up is the way down. Let Makinde put feeding bottle in the mouth of his dogs. You are called a leader because you earned it, not your title.
“Can I be an All Progressives Congress man and be fighting Buhari (the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)? I was governor at 42. He is governor at 51. I don’t deserve an insult from Makinde.
“Governor Makinde is not my leader. He is my follower. Respect should beget respect. I have been a warrior. They thought I will be with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission now. But, I am surviving.”
Senator Tofowomo, commending Fayose as a credible leader of the PDP in the South-West, added that he was accessible, a grass-roots operator and a defender of fairness, equity and justice in the party in the last 17 years.
Ojomo also described Fayose as a great and faithful leader worthy of pride, adding that he was a fighter for justice.