Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has urged his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayodele Fayose to join the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, because according to him, ‘the reality is that Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is dead’.
Aregbesola gave the advice, Tuesday, during a courtesy visit by Fayose to the Osun State Government House, Osogbo.
Aregbesola said while he was not asking the governor to abandon the opposition PDP against his wish, he would only advise him to join hands with a political party that will give hope to the people of Nigeria.
He also charged the Ekiti State governor to direct his energy towards bringing human and physical development to western region and Nigeria as a whole.
On his part, Fayose who visited Osogbo in company of about 50 dignitaries, including the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Kola Oluwawole, said the visit was to pursue Yoruba unity.
The Ekiti governor said he read on the internet that he was coming to Osogbo to beg Aregbesola to plead with President Muhammadu Buhari not to probe him.
He said, “I have not come here for that; neither have I come to announce my defection from the PDP. I will never leave the PDP for any party. This is my first official visit to any APC state in Nigeria. I am not in Osogbo to ask Aregbesola to help me beg (the President) as being speculated in some quarters. We are all Yoruba, politics is like water; it can flow anywhere.
“I believe in the Yoruba race; the race comes first before the office of the governor. The race is eternal while that of governor is temporal. We must watch today to be guided by tomorrow. I am here for the unity of Yoruba as it affects the Oodua, our progenitor.
“I will remain in the PDP to play the role of the opposition because without opposition in a democracy, there will be dictatorship and those promoting dictatorship in a democracy will end up in the stomach of dictators.”
Fayose stressed that Yoruba people needed to unite irrespective of their political or religious affiliations to ward off blackmail and oppression.
He said, “There is need for Yoruba people to come together irrespective of political parties to protect the interest of the Yoruba man and protect their leaders from being blackmailed or oppressed.
“There is the need for improved economic ties among Yoruba states. Whatever good thing a state is doing can be copied by other states.”
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