The outspoken governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose has said that he regretted his support for the embattled factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ali Modu Sheriff. He made the statement during the campaign tour of the state by the founding chairman of DAAR Communications Raymond Dokpesi for the position of National chairman of the party. Fayose said he has learnt his lessons and will not openly support any candidate but would rather allow God choose for them.
Fayose said” I must tell you that I have learnt my lessons from my past experience. I will not openly identify or campaign for a candidate any longer. As part of our great party in Ekiti, I’m assuring you that I do not have a personal candidate and God knows I have not spoken to my people about any candidate.
He said “we will allow God to choose for us this time by ensuring that all aspirants have a level playing ground.
“I have learnt my lessons on Ali Modu Sheriff and I take full responsibility for the consequences. Imagine, if we had allowed him to get there, with the way he is now behaving, it would have been worse than this.
Dokpesi on his part denied stepping down for Bode George. He said “let me make it categorically clear that I was born and bred in Ibadan and I do understand and appreciate the Yoruba traditions so much and so I have respect for elders. But there was no time that chief Bode George and I met and discuss this issue and I did not surrender the race to him.
He added that” I have not stepped down for him in any way because this time we need fresh and younger blood that would have the physical and mental alertness for the job. I have been touring 17 states of the federation for just about a week now and I’m still strong.
“To fear the world US has led for the better part of a century, abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe and refuse the obligations of international leadership… for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solving problems is unpatriotic. “
-US Senator John McCain(At National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia)
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