Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state has downplayed his attendance at the inauguration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state on Friday, February 24.
According to him, he attended the inauguration for Yoruba unity and not otherwise, NAN reports.
Fayose, a prominent member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said this in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state capital.
“This is a Nigerian affair; when a governor is sworn in, we have to support him; we are talking of regional integration and unity here; Akeredolu is already one of us by virtue of his new position.
“We have to support him since electioneering has come and gone and a winner has emerged, and we have to work together in the spirit of the people of our region.
“We cannot play politics with the welfare of the people of our region; we have to support Akeredolu to make the difference.
“This is a matter of the Yoruba nation and after Nigeria, Yoruba nation comes first; we don’t need to play politics with the welfare of Yoruba people.”
The Ekiti state governor was also quick to advise that his actions in recent times should not be mistaken for an attempt by him to dump the PDP.
He said: “How can I join the APC? As you already know, I am the main issue of the APC.
“They don’t have my size. They are wearing ‘babaringa’ but they don’t have the size of my cloth.”
Recall that Chief Rotimi Akeredolu was on Friday, February 24, sworn in as Ondo state's new governor.
Akeredolu, a senior advocate of Nigeria, took the oath of office as the sixth democratically-elected governor of the state. He replaced Olusegun Mimiko.
Earlier, Ajayi Agboola was sworn into office as deputy governor.