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9 Sep 2017

WHY I ENDORSED MY DEPUTY AS NEXT GOVERNOR –GOV FAYOSE

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has explained why he endorsed his deputy,
Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as his successor under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor had been criticised for adopting Olusola as a candidate for the 2018 governorship election.

Some of the governor’s critics had referred him to a statement he made in June 2014 when he said that he and his deputy would not contest for another term.

On why he changed his mind, Fayose said man proposes, but said it was the will of God.

He added that Olusola’s adoption does not mean there won’t be primary election in the state.

He said the deputy governor would compete with others in the party’s primary.

He said, “Man proposes, God disposes. Sometimes, you wish some [people] as girlfriend, but they become your wife as perfection, judgment and finality are exclusively of God. The young man is outstanding in character.

“Above all, constitutionally, my deputy is at liberty to run [for election] and I am at liberty to support anyone of my choice. Above all, other aspirants have nothing to fear if they have capacity to defeat him [Olusola] as the primary election is ahead.

“If my support was for them, they would not complain. Rather, they would be celebrating it by now. Most of the aspirants complaining made a success of their political career through God’s grace and by my humble self. They never complained when they were rising at the expense of others.

“The adoption [of Olusola] does not mean there will be no primary. Even for sole candidates, there must be a no or yes answer, so the primary must hold.”
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