The immediate-past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has described the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, as one of the greatest builders of men in Yoruba land, and Nigeria at large, Page 36 learnt.
The South-West Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said this in Ado-Ekiti, on Saturday, while speaking with Journalists, as part of the events commemorating his 60th birthday.
Fayose who stated that Tinubu has paid his dues politically, vowed not to join his political enemies to shoot him down.
His words: “I am not championing the course of Tinubu, I am not in the position to do that, but there is no denying the fact that Tinubu is a prominent Yoruba Leader, whether in APC or in PDP. There is no gainsaying that fact. Fayose is a prominent son of Yoruba nation. Governors Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa, Okezie Ikpeazu, are prominent sons of Southern Nigeria.
“What I am trying to say is that we cannot hide their identities and goodwill for political reasons. We cannot deny their contributions. Other Leaders from the North, like Ahmadu Bello Sardauna, they made different impacts not necessarily like Awolowo. So, Tinubu has paid his dues. I have paid my dues, Okowa has paid his dues, Wike has paid his dues, we need to acknowledge them.
“The late Balarabe Musa, who was a Leader of note and repute, cannot be forgotten in history. For me, Tinubu has paid his dues, I stand by that. I have not seen Tinubu after the Ekiti election by any means, we have not even met at a function, or saw him passed.
“President Muhammadu Buhari condoled with me on the death of my sister, does it mean we are on the same page politically? No. I will not sit down in any corner to shoot down Tinubu. I am not a member of APC, and I will never be. But I supported Governor Fayemi to be Governor by Tinubu’s influence at a time.”