Oluwakayode Adelowokan, Ado-Ekiti
“ I am a better person now, 11 years after my first election. I was elected in 2003. This is 2014, I should be given a chance, that chance to work with them”.
Those were the words of former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, as he yesterday emerged as the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2014 gubernatorial election of the state.
Fayose polled 462 out of 477 votes cast during the party’s primary election held at the Great Eagle event centre, Ikere road of the state.
The other aspirants who boycotted the exercise, trailed far behind the former Governor. While Mrs Magret Oguniyi had one vote, former Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade polled seven, while Chief Dayo Adeyeye got three votes. Four votes were declared void.
Olubolade and 13 other contestants boycotted the primary.
Speaking after he was declared winner by the party’s election chairman and former governor, Rivers State, Peter Odili, Fayose described the exercise as free and fair.
He called on all aggrieved parties to come and support the party so as to reclaim its lost glory in the state.
He said: “The next step now is that we have to start a reconciliation process; appealing to our brothers and sisters who may be aggrieved in any way to please come on board and let us work together. Nobody, no governor, can do it in isolation. Even when you get to government, you cannot run it alone. There are so many things to share together and things we can do for them. Some will want to contest as senators, members of the House of Representatives and other benefits. This is not the end of the world for all of us.”
Fayose said further: “I want to assure all of them that I will work with them. I am a better person now, 11 years after my first election. I was elected in 2003. This is 2014, I should be given a chance, that chance to work with them.
“This is a different Ayo Fayose, more mature, more responsive and more responsible and I am ready to work with all of them. They should let us sheathe our sword and come together; only one of us will be governor, one of us will be deputy, Chief of Staff, a lot can be commissioners and lots more to get through the state to be federal instruments.”
Speaking on the outcome of the election, PDP Chairman, Oyo State, Honourable Yinka Taiwo, described the exercise as peaceful and orderly. This shows that true democracy exists in the party, he added.
Taiwo expressed belief that the party’s leadership will call all other aspirants that boycotted the election and resolve their grievances.
The outgoing PDP Vice President, South-West, Chief Ishola Filani, said that with the result, the party will win the state gubernatorial election gallantly.