Ayo Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti State, declared on Thursday that if President Bola Tinubu broke his campaign pledges, he would not be afraid to condemn him.
“I will be the first to speak up if Asiwaju breaks his word, as he stated when he was running for office. After their private encounter at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, Fayose informed State House Correspondents, “I am not timid.
He did make the point that Tinubu had done a commendable job since assuming office and that this merited praise.
Fayose maintained that now that the elections were over, Nigerians should unite behind the president, who he claimed was alert and prepared to address the issues facing the nation.
“Based on the actions thus far, we can easily determine this government’s course. Elections have taken place and ended without harming the judiciary.
“But it’s no more time for campaigning or selling a political party, it is time to govern Nigeria for the benefit of children yet unborn and those of us that are still here and to equally let you know that I had a very wonderful time with the President.
“You will see him very alert and very clear in the direction he wants to take the country, but he can’t do it alone, he needs all of us,” said Fayose.
He affirmed that although he and some opposition party leaders such as Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde and former Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, are working with Tinubu, he can never join the All Progressives Congress as he remains a member of the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party.
The former Governor said “I will never be a member of the APC. I am a PDP man. If anything takes me out of the PDP or if I don’t do partisan politics again, I will be the husband of my wife at home.
“It is not a matter of party, Nigeria is bigger than all political parties and all interest groups. You don’t have to take an appointment to make a difference.
“Nigeria is about 200 million population, we all can’t be on the appointment, whosoever makes it, either in the APC or in the attempt to have a government of national unity, it’s all about service.”
Responding to a question on his consistency, Fayose said he is supporting the president now.
But he said that if he broke his promises to Nigerians, he would not be afraid to criticise him.
“I want to convey to you that when President Buhari was coming, Nigerians knew me very well. I have been extremely clear from the beginning that the president will not succeed. I didn’t keep it a secret.Let me assure you that I will be the first to speak up if Asiwaju breaks any of his campaign-related promises. I do not avoid problems because I am fearful of them.
“But the man I saw today and for the actions we have seen, means well for Nigeria,” Fayose stated.