The immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has warned Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, to stop disrespecting him or he will “work against” him.
Speaking on Wednesday on PUNCH Live interview, Fayose said: “If Governor Makinde continues to disrespect me, I will work against him,”
Recently, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)in the South West has been embroiled in crisis with Fayose and Makinde at the centre of the tussle.
Makinde, a first term governor, is the PDP only governor in the South-West while the other five states in the region are ruled by the governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In the interview, Fayose said he was among party chieftains who worked in 2019 to ensure Makinde emerged the winner of the governorship election in Oyo.
The former governor urged Makinde to speak out if he has anything against him.
When asked what the bone of contention between himself and the Oyo State governor was, Fayose said: “He (Makinde) is the one to tell you if there is any bone of contention. In this West, I am his brother, I am his father.”
“When Makinde was to contest, I was the one that presented the flag to him and a red pen. It is a higher authority that hangs your rank, a senior officer hangs the rank of a junior officer, that means he saw me as a leader at the time I was giving him the flag at Ogbomoso.
“It was Governor (Rasheed) Ladoja that was holding the structure that we gave to him (Makinde), I was the only sitting governor at the time. I had powers to influence it negatively. Are you telling me the man that gave you red pen has suddenly become your enemy? If he has anything against me, let him say it. Governor Makinde should take it easy.
“When they were contesting election in Oyo State, I was the one giving him information about the senatorial election. I never slept all night. In his own election, I was with him in Ibadan. If he disrespects us, we will tell him that we have capacity to… I am not his mate.
“If he wants peace, he should stop that nonsense, I say it again nonsense. I mean every word I am saying. I’m a responsible Nigerian. If we were born in the same family, I will be older than Governor Makinde by 10 years even if I was not governor. I should be respected. I am a respectable figure in this country, forget any other story any other politician may say,” the former governor said.
Fayose also said he has no plan to join the APC or any other political party.
“We need certain level of honour, we need certain level of principles to be able to lead in this country.
“Even when I was supporting Governor (Kayode) Fayemi in Ekiti, I told them I can never join APC in my life. It was Governor (Segun) Oni that disrespected me and I worked for Governor Fayemi. If Governor Makinde continues to disrespect me like this, I will work against him. I don’t operate underneath; you know where you are with me. If Governor Makinde wants to hear the story of how he became governor, I will tell him,” Fayose added.