Responding, Fayose, who described Atiku’s ambition as legitimate and a welcome development, though he was expecting the former VP to discuss his presidential ambition with him privately as other aspirants would do, assured that in spite of his aspiration to rule the nation, party’s interest would be placed above individual aspiration.
“He (Atiku) has not spoken to me privately about it, and may be 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 a level playing ground, as he has come, others will still come”.
On the issue of being Vice President, Fayose, who said “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 which ever 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.
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 because you were quite supportive when I wanted to come at first time, while others were not, you supported us.”
Assuring the former VP that his return to PDP would yield fruits, Fayose said :”j want to assure you that we only have leadership in Abuja, real party is in the states and at the local government level, we have done it before, we will do it again.
I won the last election because it was not the people who wanted me to go away but it was Obasanjo that sent me away, that was why they noted for me overwhelmingly in 2014.
Taking a critical swipe at Buhari’s government and Obasanjo’s outburst via a letter, Fayose said:”I am not disappointed because I never voted for Buhari and I will never stop being against him. I was not too young when Buhari came first time and we knew the hell he took us through. At his first time, he was putting people in jail and he was not in charge it was Tunde ldiagbon that was in charge. The man is dark in the mind.
“We have seen Buhari, we have seen failure. Now the message has come from Obasanjo, who was Buhari’s greatest promoter and navigator, telling him to go home. The end has come to the APC, our suppressors and oppressors. You can only rule a country as diverse as Nigeria if you are truly a leader. Currently, 45% reduction in economic situation, I can tame herdsmen effectively. Tell everyone, it you vote APC, second and final sufferings is what you are inviting,” Fayose said.