Outgoing Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has threatened to exit the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) following the emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the standard bearer of the party.
Fayose, who is the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, alongside Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, supported Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal who came a distant second.
Fayose in a statement said: “We have no regret aligning with Governor Wike to support Governor Tambuwal for the presidential ticket and no apologies either.
“We kept the party alive and strong when most men became ladies. We never compromised. If any group feels it can do it alone, we will see how far they can go.
“I may renounce my membership of the party if the need arises.
“In the meantime, I and others will continue with our consultations while watching the turn of events.
“We cannot but appreciate leaders that have intervened so far, but this release became necessary to avoid fresh crisis or misrepresentation.”
Fayose earlier declared his interest in contesting for President but withdrew.
Fayose joined the PDP before the 2003 governorship poll which he won. He has been in and out of the party at various times.
His supporters joined All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), ProgressivesPeople’s Alliance (PPA) after his impeachment from office while he had a working agreement with the Action Congress (AC) in the 2009 governorship rerun election.
Fayose defected to the Labour Party (LP) in 2010 and ran as the Ekiti Central senatorial candidate in the 2011 general elections but lost to Senator Babafemi Ojudu.
He returned to the PDP in 2012 and ran as its candidate in the 2014 governorship poll which he won.
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