Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has declared that the immediate past president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan should not have participated in the 2015 presidential election.
It would be recalled that in the build up to the epic election, Fayose was a major supporter of the ex-president who is alleged to have deployed federal might and resources in installing him as the Ekiti State Governor in 2014.
But speaking on Channels TV programme: Sunday Politics, Fayose said: “In my opinion, the only thing Jonathan did that I keep saying, that I hardly want to say, is that if I were him I wouldn’t have contested.”
This was after he pointed out that he is “an ardent supporter of former President Goodluck Jonathan, I love him, I would continue to defend his cause, I would continue to stand up for him, because he did well.”
The Governor disclosed that those who encouraged Jonathan to run did not even allow him to get back home, after the defeat, before saying they had retired from politics.
“The people that went to tell Jonathan, that convinced him to run, making him to understand that at 58, when he would be done, how would a young man be 58 and say I’m done with presidency, they were the first set of people who said we have retired from politics.
“They didn’t even allow him to get home, before they said that. All leaders are coming out today to say they want to rebuild. Rebuild what? What you destroyed? You don’t have capacity to do it,” he said.
Fayose, who revealed that Bode George is interested in becoming the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, insisted that the elders of the party must take the back seat for causing PDP’s defeat in the last presidential election.