Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose says former vice president Atiku Abubakar’s presidential ambition for 2019 is legitimate.
He stated that the Peoples Democratic Party’s interest would be placed above individual aspirations in 2019 election, while reiterating that God’s plan is not for him to become vice president but President of Nigeria.
Speaking to newsmen during the former Vice president’s visit to Ekiti, Fayose said “He (Atiku) has not spoken to me privately about it, and maybe he would do that in our private meeting. But his body language obviously shows he has an ambition which is legitimate.
“We will all examine everybody and we will play in a level-playing ground, as he has come, others will still come. On the issue of being Vice President, like I said in the Book of Ezekiel 37: 33, the Bible says ‘God asks that can this bone live, and the Prophet answers and say ‘Thou Knoweth’. All these questions are questions for God and he has answer for them, man has no answer.
“You may wish anything for me, but God’s wish is supreme. I deserve to serve this country as President. I have paid my due. I am not a hidden voice. I have all it takes to lead this country, but whichever way it goes, the interest of our party comes first, it is above our individual aspiration. Whoever the party finally picks as party’s candidate will be supported by others.Responding, the governor, who also described Atiku’s ambition as ‘legitimate and a welcome development, though he was expecting the former vice president to discuss his presidential ambition with him privately as other aspirants would do, he assured that in spite of his aspiration to rule the nation, party’s interest would be placed above individual aspirations.”
Responding to the Atiku’s remarks, Governor Fayose said: “I thank God for your life, your resilience and tolerance and patience in your walk through life. It only takes resilience to follow life, most times, you only get bouts instead of encouragement, I welcome you to the state be cause you were quite supportive when I wanted to come at first time, while others were not, you supported us.”