Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has warned the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde to desist from disrespecting him or he will “work against” the Oyo state governor.
Fayose during a live interview with newsmen on Wednesday night said, “If Governor Makinde continues to disrespect me, I will work against him.”
Recently, the South-West zone of the Peoples Democratic Party has been mired in a leadership crisis with Fayose and Makinde at the centre of the quagmire.
In his interview on Wednesday, Fayose revealed that he was critical and important to ensuring Makinde’s victory in 2019.
Gov Makinde is constitutionally authorized to go for a second term in 2023 but Fayose warned him to retrace his steps or he will work against his re-election.
The ex-governor of Ekiti went further and charged Makinde to speak out if he has any problem against him.
When asked what the problem between himself and Makinde was, Fayose said, “He (Makinde) is the one to tell you if there is any bone of contention. In this West, I am his brother, I am his father.”
Fayose stated, “When Makinde was to contest, I was the one that presented the flag to him and a red pen. It is a higher authority that hangs your rank, a senior officer hangs the rank of a junior officer, which means he saw me as a leader at the time I was giving him the flag at Ogbomosho.
“It was governor (Rashidi) Ladoja that was holding the structure that we gave to him (Makinde), I was the only sitting governor at the time. I had the powers to influence it negatively. Are you telling me the man that gave you a red pen has suddenly become your enemy? If he has anything against me, let him say it. Governor Makinde should take it easy.
“When they were contesting the election in Oyo State, I was the one giving him information about the senatorial election. I never slept all night. In his election, I was with him in Ibadan. If he disrespects us, we will tell him that we have the capacity to… I am not his mate.
“If he wants peace, he should stop that nonsense, I say it again nonsense. I mean every word I am saying. I’m a responsible Nigerian. If we were born in the same family, I will be older than Governor Makinde by 10 years even if I was not a governor. I should be respected. I am a respectable figure in this country, forget any other story any other politician may say.”
Fayose also mentioned that he has no plan to be a part of APC or any other political party. “We need a certain level of honour, we need certain level of principles to be able to lead in this country,” he noted.
“Even when I was supporting Governor (Kayode) Fayemi in Ekiti, I told them I can never join APC in my life. It was Governor (Segun) Oni that disrespected me and I worked for Governor Fayemi. If Governor Makinde continues to disrespect me like this, I will work against him. I don’t operate underneath; you know where you are with me. If Governor Makinde wants to hear the story of how he became governor, I will tell him,” the ex-governor added.