Ekiti Govt. Gives Job To 51 Physically Challenged Persons

Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has devised a strategy as a part of activities marking his third year in office, giving jobs to 51 physically challenged persons in the state.

Fayose also directed that additional 100 persons from among them be enlisted in the state’s social security scheme.

Among those given jobs is a university graduate.

He gave the directives in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday evening while meeting with the group.

Mr Gboyega Afolabi, a University graduate was offered automatic employment at the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.

A statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, quoted the governor as directing the Vice Chancellor of EKSU to give Afolabi the job.

Afolabi is about concluding his mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps Scheme in the institution.

While reacting to the development, Afolabi described the governor as God sent to Ekiti.

“He is a peculiar person and kind hearted. He loves the people and he is very approachable. I never imagined that this great opportunity can come my way just like that. Governor Fayose is the leader we need in this country.

“I appeal to the people of the state to vote in somebody from the Fayose political family for these great works to continue. He is truly a leader and lover of the people,” he said.

He was among those who met the governor and only approached him about his plight during the meeting.

Meanwhile, the governor has also donated one million naira for the medical expenses of people with disabilities.

He has also directed the Chief Medical Director of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital to assess the health needs of the people and brief him.

Fayose’s Commissioners May Spend Holiday in EFCC Custody

The Ekiti State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo, and the Accountant General, Mrs. Yemisi Owolabi, may spend the prolonged holiday in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as a result of an alleged involvement in the diversion of N7bn, a part of the N11bn bailout fund which the Ekiti State government got from the Federal government.

Governor Fayose, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, said it was obvious that “the hawks around President Muhammadu Buhari” were afraid of the governor’s declaration for the 2019 presidential election.

“The EFCC is obviously living up to its status as the attack dog of the All Progressives Congress government, but the Ekiti State Government, under Governor Ayodele Fayose, cannot be intimidated.”

Olayinka said the arrest was carried out with a view to embarking on another round of media trial against the governor and his government.

2019: Fayose Set To Declare Presidential Ambition

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose is set to declare his intention to contest for the position of president of Nigeria in 2019 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The event of his presidential ambition is billed for the Golden Hall, Chelsea Hotel, Abuja at 11 a.m.

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said that Governor Fayose, in a letter addressed to leaders of the PDP, that his ambition to be president was without prejudice to the party’s position, but in the overall interest of the party and Nigeria.

The letter read; “It is with deep sense of responsibility that I write to inform you of my intention to seek the ticket/mandate of our party to contest the 2019 Presidential election, considering your support and commitment towards our great party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) it becomes imperative to keep you informed and seek your support.

“This ambition, however, is without prejudice to our party’s position, but in the overall interest of the party and our country.

“I urge that all hands should be on deck to ensure victory at the 2019 presidential election.

“Accept the assurances of my highest regards as a determined presidential hopeful.”

On his chances, if fielded by the PDP, Mr. Fayose said, “I have (a) penchant for taking powers; that one in Buhari’s hand, I will take it. I’m going straight to that Villa. I’m the next president.”

Mr. Fayose has been known in the past to be a vocal critic of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Crisis Looms In Ekiti PDP As Stakeholders Reject Fayose’s Candidate

The announcement of Ekiti State’s deputy governor, Professor Kolapo Olusola, as sole candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2018 governorship election in the state seems to have signaled a looming crisis as some prominent chieftains of the party petitioned National Caretaker Committee, saying they would not accept imposition in choosing the party’s candidate for the forthcoming election in the state.

They described as a “dance of shame,” the recent adoption of the Deputy Governor of the state,  Prof.  Olusola Eleka, as the consensus candidate of the party for the election.

The petition, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent, rejected Eleka,  whose candidature was being backed by Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The petition,  which was signed by Dr. Seun Adebayo and Mr. Gbenga Babawibe, was titled,  “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad,”  which was from the classical poem by Henry Wadsworth, titled, “The Masque of Pandora,” written in 1875.

The petition read in part, “We reflect on the import of this statement as we stoically condemn the charade and ill-advised, poorly thought out,  dance of shame organised by the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, at the Ekiti State Government House on Wednesday, September 6, during which he superintended the purported adoption of his deputy, Olusola Eleka, as the preferred candidate  of our great party, the PDP, for the 2018 governorship election in our state.

“Much as we reject and condemn this attempt at provoking us to wrath, we rather decide to be more circumspect by taking the noble option of pitying the governor.

“We unambiguously, reject the illegal adoption of Eleka as done by Fayose because he does not own the party, but has rather been a harbinger of disunity and chaos in the Ekiti State chapter of the PDP.

“We view his decision to cause unnecessary upheaval in the party by the provocative action as a continuation of his desire to sustain the division he caused at the national level when he canvassed and fought like a wounded lion for the enthronement of Ali Modu-Sheriff as the national chairman of the party, a move that almost brought the party to its knees.”

They promised to resist the imposition, which they said was unacceptable, saying that the action of the governor remained unpopular and undemocratic.

Apart from this, they also said that the action contradicted the provisions of the PDP constitution, the provisions of the Electoral Act and “does not meet any criteria under the principle of fair participation in an open democratic contest which should produce the candidate of a political party in a democracy like ours.”

They added that the action of the governor was self-serving.

The aggrieved party members said, “A governor who has been battling corruption charges even while enjoying constitutional immunity as a state governor is sure to run helter-skelter looking to form any sort of shield round himself in preparation for exit from the government, even if such shield will eventually collapse like a badly arranged pack of cards.

“We pity Fayose’s desperate moves to find a way of avoiding … a development that is sure to affect the chances of our party at the next election unless the party can put its act together and select, through a democratic party primary, a credible individual as our candidate for the election, who will be accepted by the voting masses in Ekiti State.

“But out of desperation, and his unquenchable greed, he’s seeking a politically deaf and dumb stooge who will continue to open the state vault to him to satisfy his refractory thirst for primitive acquisition of wealth which he has been nurturing since 2014 when he was sworn into office.”

Source: Punch Newspaper

Fayose: PDP May Adopt ‘Option A4’ For Primaries

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has hinted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may adopt Option A4 in the selection of its candidates for the coming local government election in the state.

He stated this in Ado-Ekiti during an interactive session with party leaders from Efon, Gbonyin and Ekiti East local government areas of the state.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, on Tuesday, said the governor also warned aspirants against dropping his name for political gains.

Option A4 was made popular during the regime of the Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, where voters would queue openly behind their preferred candidates during elections.

Fayose, while giving reasons for the possible adoption of the system, said it would help clear ambiguities and allow the most popular aspirants to emerge as the party candidates.

“We are going to use Option A4 to choose our candidates for the coming local government election. In areas where the people have unanimously agreed on their candidate, there is no problem, but in any place where there is a single dissenting voice, primaries will be held.

”All aspirants should go into the field and work. Nobody should drop my name as having endorsed them. I hope to lead the team of party leaders that will go round to conduct the primaries where necessary. The party has spelt out the conditions for aspirants to meet, there is not going to be any deviation from that.

“As for women aspirants, while they may be asked to pay less fees than men, it is not that they will be given blanket ticket or get it on a platter of gold. A woman aspirant must also be popular among her people and be the preferred candidate,”he stated.

He urged party leaders and aspirants to mobilise people to the party and to ensure such people are registered in the ongoing voter’s registration exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The governor said nobody is being blocked from aspiring to be the candidate of the party in the 2018 governorship election in the state, as the party would still conduct primary to pick its candidate.

Fayose warned against sabotage and said whoever is found wanting would be severely dealt with.

2018: Stakeholders Tip Ekiti Deputy Gov As Fayose’s Successor

Less than twelve months to the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State, some stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state have adopted the Deputy Governor, Kolapo Olusola, from

Ekiti South Senatorial District, as the preferred candidate of the party.

Adoption of the deputy governor, who is a professor of Building Technology from the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, Osun State, was the major decision reached the party’s stakeholders
meeting in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday.

The meeting was attended by 177 councilors, 177 ward chairpersons, 16 Local Government party chairpersons, 16 Local Council chairpersons, Chairpersons and members of boards and parastatals, State Executive Council, Ekiti State House of Assembly members, serving and former members of the PDP State Working Committee, former Deputy Governor, among others.

The communique issued at the end of the meeting reads; “After due consultation, without prejudice to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), we formally endorse His Excellency, Prof Kolapo

Olusola (the current deputy governor), from Ekiti South Senatorial District, as our preferred aspirant/candidate.”

Those who signed the communique are: Anifowose Mustapha, for councillors, Amuda Sunmonu, for ward chairpersons; Femi Bamisile, for Local Government party chairpersons; Dapo Olagunju, for Local Government chairpersons (ALGON); Bode Ola, for chairmen of boards and parastatals; Modupe Alade (Secretary to the State Government), for State Executive Council; Kolawole Oluwawole,

Bamisile, for Local Government party chairpersons; Dapo Olagunju, for Local Government chairpersons (ALGON); Bode Ola, for chairmen of boards and parastatals; Modupe Alade (Secretary to the State Government), for State Executive Council; Kolawole Oluwawole,

Speaker of the State House of Assembly and the State Chairman of the party, Gboyega Oguntuase.

Speaking with journalists after the adoption, Mr. Oguntuase said the party organs will abide by the decision taken by the stakeholders in the overall interest of the party and the entire people of Ekiti State.

He, however, said that the adoption will not preclude any member of the party that is interested in the governorship ticket from contesting, adding that open and transparent primary election will be held in
accordance with the rules of the party.

The Chairman of Forum of Ward Chairpersons, Amuda Sunmonu, also hailed the decision to adopt Mr. Olusola, maintaining that “Wherever Governor Fayose goes, we will follow him.”

Also speaking on behalf of local council councilors, Anifowose Mustapha said all the 177 councilors in the state were solidly behind the governor and “the decision of the party’s stakeholders remained
binding on all of us.”

The Secretary to the State Government, Modupe Alade, described the deputy governor as a competent and loyal member of the Governor Ayodele Fayose political family, adding that his adoption was a reward
for loyalty, dedication, and commitment.

Ekiti Indigenes Rally In Support Of Buhari’s Return

The Ekiti Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC and a coalition of civil society groups, on Monday marched through the streets of Ado Ekiti, the state capital, to celebrate the return of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigeria after 103 days of medical vacation in London.

The coalition also knocked the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, over his attacks on the president since he left the country on May 7.

Mr. Fayose had alleged that the president was on life support since June 6, insinuating that the reports of his recovery were false.

The APC supporters, civil society groups, artisans and commercial motorcyclists, formed a huge crowd with marched from Oke Iyinmi to the party secretariat, chanting various songs to deride Mr. Fayose and the Peoples Democratic Party.

The procession also created traffic along Ijigbo and Ajilosun area, making vehicular movements difficult.

Addressing the rally, the party’s Acting Chairman in the state, Kemi Olaleye, said God had shamed those wishing the president dead. He said Mr. Buhari’s return would rekindle the war against corruption, insurgency and secession.

Mrs. Olaleye appealed to Mr. Fayose to make good a threat he reportedly made that he would commit suicide if President Buhari returns to Nigeria hale and hearty.

“Mr. Fayose has turned himself to propaganda-in-chief, but we are happy that God has shamed those who thought President Buhari won’t return alive. With this rally, the end has come to Governor Fayose’s reign in Ekiti,” she said.

“The good people of this state are not in support of Fayose’s action, because we are cultured and compassionate people.

“Look at the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike, he went to Abuja to welcome the president back to Nigeria. That was a show of maturity, why was our governor not learning from this?

“We are solidly behind President Buhari even beyond 2019. And we are pleading with Nigerians to discountenance whatever Fayose has been saying against the president. He was not speaking for us, he only spoke for himself.”

Mrs. Olaleye added that Ekiti was tired of ‘one day, one trouble’ under Mr. Fayose, saying the next poll would mark the end of the governor’s dominance in the state.

The state chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, Tunji Ogunlola, speaking on behalf of the civil society groups, praised Nigerians for praying for Mr. Buhari’s quick recovery.

He said prayers by Nigerians helped the medical team to achieve success in the treatment of the president.

“Nigeria’s collective destiny cannot be aborted by a tiny group of crooks whose survival depend on the looting of our commonwealth,” he said.

“It is on this strength that we believe the President’s return presents a fresh hope for the accomplishment of our collective dream for a great nation as hr settles down to work.

“Our hope to tackle corruption and grown the nation’s through economic transformation that will create jobs for our teeming youths have been rekindled with Buhari’s return.

“It was gratifying that those who wanted Buhari dead has been put to shame and we warn that this new sheriff that just returned to town will as usual has no patience for looters and conmen in government.”

Also, the APC in Ondo State, in a statement by the Director of Publicity, Steve Otaloro, rejoiced with Nigerians on the return of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“You shall live to see part of your elaborate, long-term, prosperous plans and solid foundation for national growth,” he said.

“Our hearts are gladdened, our hopes are heightened, our fears are smoothened, our thoughts are sharpened, our beliefs are strengthened and our future is brightened. Nigeria has a destiny which is success and development.

“We thank God that you are back to our motherland. Nigerians are overwhelmingly happy. There were wild jubilations across Nigeria, In cities and villages across the country.

“With the return of Mr President, certainly, many will be frightened. Some would be traumatised. Many would be shamed. Others will surely but secretly apportion blames.

“Some will overtly trade blames and excuses because of their stance and statements of playing God over your health. We (APC) however, have been vindicated. Ultimately, our country will be redirected, refocused and revived.”

Its Inappropriate For Fayose To Declare His Presidential Ambition – Ekiti PDP

A faction of the People Democratic Party, PDP, has shown their displeasure for the State Governor announcing his ambition for the Presidential post. The PDP Chairman in Ekiti State, Chief Williams Ajayi, faulted Governor Ayo Fayose for announcing presidential ambition at the non-elective Nation Convention held on Saturday in Abuja.

Ajayi said Fayose’s declaration of a presidential ambition was at variance with the party’s position that the presidential ticket had been zoned to
the North, while vice presidential ticket has been ceded to Southeast and Southsouth.
He said the Ekiti governor’s presidential ambition, proclaimed through banners, ‎posters and T-shirts worn by members of Ekiti State House of Assembly and local government chairmen were at variance with the party’s position that the presidential ticket has been zoned to the North while vice president ticket has been ceded to Southeast and Southsouth.

He said Fayose was to blame for the free-for-all which erupted at Ekiti’s
stand at the convention which he said was sparked by governor’s order that party leaders that did not wear lemon green colour “Fayose-for-President” T-shirt should vacate the place.

Speaking with reporters on Monday, Ajayi wondered why the governor allegedly left the VIP stand to order his security personnel and House of Assembly members to force party leaders who are not members of his caucus out of the convention venue.

He maintained that he remained the authentic state party chairman on grounds that “the July 12 Supreme Court judgment which affirmed Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the National Caretaker Chairman did not affect his (Ajayi’s) position as Ekiti PDP boss.”

Ajayi disclosed that the Gboyega Oguntuase-led faction is presently before the Court of Appeal, Ado-Ekiti challenging the judgment of the Federal High
Court, Ado-Ekiti which affirmed him (Ajayi) as the valid chairman before appeal coming up for hearing on 4th October.

Giving account of what happened at the Abuja convention, Ajayi said: “When we got there on Saturday, it was a non-elective convention and it was all
about unity and reconciliation and we in Ekiti stand were exchanging banters and hailing one other until Governor Fayose came from the VIP stand.

“We noticed that local government chairmen and House of Assembly members wore branded lemon colour Fayose-for-President T-shirts, going about with placards announcing his ambition for 2019 presidency.

“Fayose came from the VIP stand and ordered that delegates that did not put on the T-shirts should leave the venue and this did not go down well with
those affected. He ordered that House of Assembly members and security personnel should start attacking and molesting these party leaders that
refused to obey his order.

“It became a free-for-all at the Ekiti stand; after the intervention of Prof. Tunde Adeniran, some leaders withdrew by wlaking away from the event ‎because of their position that Fayose’s declaring for President was an affront on the position of the winning strategy of the party as approved by the last Port Harcourt convention.

“At the Port Harcourt convention, it was agreed that the North should produce the presidential candidate while the vice presidential slot should go to the Southeast and the South-south and the National Chairman should go to the Southwest.

“We strongly condemn Fayose’s behaviour and show of shame in Abuja because this is a party that believes in the rule of law and a party of knowledgeable people. Fayose’s ambition is at variance to the winning strategy of the PDP in 2019.”

Ekiti PDP Celebrates Makarfi’s Victory

Leaders and members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State yesterday held a thanksgiving church service to celebrate the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee’s victory at the Supreme Court.

The state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, who spoke at the event, represented by his deputy, said that the Supreme Court judgment was an act of God. Fayose said that God merely vindicated the Makarfi caretaker committee stand on truth by using the apex court to rule in favour of the group.

“Our story in Ekiti PDP and Nigeria is not different from what happened to Daniel in the Bible. The governor believes so much in prayers. When we stand on the truth, God will be with us. What happened to PDP in Nigeria is that truth has prevailed.

“God has shut the lion’s mouth and prevented it from devouring us. Fayose stands by the truth always and that is why he always triumph,” he said.

Meanwhile, the host and Chairman of Ikole Local Council, Adeyanju Adeyeye, said the victory of the party was a signal to the world that the PDP would win the state gubernatorial poll in 2018.

Also, chairman of the party in the state, Mr. Gboyega Oguntuase, who assured members that no one would be punished for anti-party activities, said: “We have come today to give back to God the glory that belongs to Him. We know that this victory has not been our doing but because of God, in His infinite mercies, wanted us to have the victory.

“It is very rare to win a case already lost at the High and Appeal Courts. But God saw us through. God showed His supremacy and all the justices of the Supreme Court decided in favour of Makarfi. With that decision of the Supreme Court, the soul of the PDP has been saved. So, we are celebrating a God who has given us victory.

“I want to tell you that the disposition of the PDP is to make sure that we try nobody for any offence. We want a bigger PDP. There is nobody that is beyond redemption, so as far as I am concerned, we would not try anybody.”


Source: The Guardian

Governor Fayose Speaks Out On Boko Haram

The Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has debunked the claim of the Federal Government that it has defeated Boko Haram.

“Boko Haram is not defeated. It has not even been degraded”, Fayose asserted in a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi.

“The brutal killings by Boko Haram all over the place gives the lie to the APC-led Federal Government’s assertion that it has won the battle against insurgency.

“The battle is not over yet. In fact, it is raging fiercer than ever before. The gory killing of the oil workers confirms this. The wanton destruction of lives and property all over the place by Boko Haram also testifies to this fact.

“Like the ostrich, this government is trying hard to cover what cannot be covered. Boko Haram ambushes and kills soldiers at will.

“Gallant officers and men continue to fall in battle to the superior fire-power and higher morale of the insurgents.

“Boko Haram invades and sacks communities at will, carting away human beings and other resources.

“The insurgents throw bombs with reckless abandon. Is this the evidence of a degraded or defeated Boko Haram?

Governor Fayose said it was a matter for regret that corruption in the military, under the very nose of a government which claims to be fighting corruption, “has degraded the military and defeated our gallant soldiers that they are no longer able to stand before Boko Haram, not to talk of defeating the insurgents.

“Transparency International’s revelation that the military inflate military contracts to siphon money meant for the war efforts explains why the insurgents are waxing stronger and remain undefeatable.

“The war against insurgency has become a conduit for the siphoning of the resources of this country. Boko Haram is now the pot of soup or “amnesty” largesse of the APC government.”

Governor Fayose also decried what he described as the unbridled corruption of members of the ruling party, which the government is sweeping under the carpet.

“They keep pulling the wool over the eyes of the gullible with their lip-service commitment to the war against corruption and insurgency. But come 2019, they will know that the people are not deceived”, he added.

Source: PM News

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Attitude Towards Me Is Insulting – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has not spoken with President Muhammadu Buhari in the last two years.

Fayose, who has been critical of the President, especially on his state of health before the election and after his inauguration, said he refused to speak with the President’s security chief to whom his calls to the Presidential Villa were diverted because he considered it an “insult”.

He also spoke on ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Third term bid, how the late President Umaru Yar’Adua was picked as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in 2007, among other issues, in an interview published by The Interview magazine.

He said: “Well, we met twice or so during the Council of State meetings. There is nothing personal. I represent Ekiti State, he represents Nigeria. That is the basis of our interaction. Nothing personal.

Asked if he had said as much as ‘hello’ to the President, Fayose added: “No.”

“For me, during our meeting, whenever any issue arose and I felt I should make a contribution, I raised my hand and spoke. That is it.

“I remember I tried to call him several times before he took ill. Then, there was this day I called again and the switchboard told me that any call from me must be diverted to President Buhari’s Chief Security Officer (CSO). And I felt that was very insulting.

“The CSO to the President is an ordinary policeman, who I assume, is just a little over and above my own CSO. I am a governor, a governor of a state. I felt that was an insult to the people of Ekiti State I represent.

“Yes my calls to him (the President) were diverted twice to the CSO. I refused to talk to the CSO because I consider it insulting.”

On the aborted Third Term agenda of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Fayose said bribed were offered.

He said while the principal officers of the National Assembly in 2006 got N100million each, the other lawmakers were given N50million each.

He alleged that the former President knelt down for the late Libyan leader Mouamar Ghaddaffi to seek his backing for Third Term.

He also said Obasanjo knew about the ill-health of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua before he was picked as PDP candidate.

Fayose said: “Yes it is true. The people I am going to mention here, two of the key players are now dead. That position of Presidential Selection Committee that I headed was set up by all PDP governors. Initially, they wanted Dr. Olusegun Agagu. Then, the majority insisted that they wanted Fayose. So, since the majority wanted me, Baba (Olusegun Obasanjo) invited me to Ota and encouraged me to go ahead. I remember the committee was made up of Governors Danjuma Goje, Ahmed Makarfi, Bukola Saraki, James lbori, me and one other person who I cannot remember now. I want to tell you that, at some point, the majority of the committee was more disposed to having Markafi as the presidential nominee. l and one other person were the only dissenters

“So, as a loyal Obasanjo boy then, I went to Obasanjo and told that this committee that was set up, everybody seemed to prefer Markafi except me and one other person and we were in the minority.

“Five out of seven governors wanted Makarfi. Then Obasanjo pointedly told me that Markafi was too smart and would not be easily controlled by him and, therefore, I must ensure that Markafi did not emerge the presidential candidate. He mandated me to be briefing him often about the way things were going.

“He confided in me that whether it was Markafi or anybody that he was not prepared to leave. At that time, the Third Term agenda had begun to unfold in Abuja. I can tell you that l was co-opted into the secret committee that was behind it. In that body, we had had this senator from Plateau, Ibrahim Mantu, Senator Andy Uba and many others. We were the key players. Let me tell you the truth: at that time, I did not have a choice. l was just a young man without experience.

“…The Senators started at about 11am in the morning and by 1 pm each senator was asked to stand up and say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ before live television coverage whether they supported Third Term or not, and the majority had their way. So Obasanjo’s dream of Third Term was shut down. Thereafter, he called a national meeting of PDP, termed reconciliation meeting and denied that he asked or worked for Third Term.

“Meanwhile, before that time, N50 million was given to every federal lawmaker to support Third Term. The majority collected the money and still voted against Third Term. Principal officers got N100 million each. Where did that huge sum of money come from?”

Fayose opened up on the politics behind the choice of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua as a presidential candidate of PDP.

He said the current Chairman of the PDP, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi was sidelined in favour of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

He added: “Let me now come to the Yar’Adua issue. Obasanjo now called me and said, ‘Now that Third Term has failed, you should go ahead with the PDP committee. And in order for me to check those rooting for Markafi, I should go and sound Yar’Adua out on the ticket. He told me, ‘Don’t tell him I asked you to come. You psyche him up’. So, l met Yar’Adua in his lodge in Katsina. I met Yar’Adua in the company of Yakubu Tanimu (who became his influential chief economic adviser) and his police orderly.

“I remember that while our interaction lasted, the orderly knelt down close to Yar’Adua. I acted as directed by Obasanjo, but the man told me expressly that he was not well enough to aspire to be Nigerian president; that the job would be too rigorous for him.

“After much persuasion, he then told me the only condition under which he might consider running was if all stakeholders would sign up and reach an agreement to pick him as the consensus candidate because he did not want any hassles.”

He said: “ I remember, before then, Yar’Adua was hardly attending Council of State meetings because of his health. So, l went to tell Baba what Yar’Adua told me. On the issue of Yar’Adua’s ill-health. I remember Obasanjo told me, ‘Don’t worry about his sickness; government money day to manage his ill-health.’ Baba told me to go and put the outcome of my interaction with Yar’Adua in writing.

“Then Masari became the first loser; because, until then, Bello Masari as the Speaker of House of Reps was very loyal to Baba and did all the dirty jobs Baba wanted him to do, with the promise that he would be made the next Katsina governor after Yar’Adua. But once Yar’Adua became anointed as PDP candidate, he preferred Shema to be his successor. That was one of the conditions he listed. That was how a wedge came between Yar’Adua and Masari.

“That was the genesis of the rift between Shema and Masari up until today. Shema was then the deputy national chairman of PDP. That was how Masari defected to CPC. What I am trying to say is that Obasanjo engineered all the bitterness that exists in Katsina politics today.”