- Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state is one of Nigeria's most controversial governor
- His predecessor, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, is of the opinion that Fayose's emergence as governor was by accident
- Adebayo stated that the APC is prepared to reclaim Ekiti state from Fayose and his party, the PDP
A former governor of Ekiti state, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, has said Governor Ayodele Fayose became governor “by accident.”
Adebayo made the comment while fielding questions from reporters at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja on Monday, January 8.
Adebayo, 59, was responding to questions about the level of his party’s preparedness for the 2018 governorship elections in Ekiti state.
According to him, the APC is prepared to reclaim the state, all that is left is for it to hold its primaries and pick a candidate.
He also refuted suggestions that Ekiti state was a stronghold of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
His words: “Basically, I believe the present governor got there surely by accident and I believe people are more than ready to change the place.
“Pertinently, I am somebody from Ekiti and the key player in Ekiti, I can tell you categorically that we are more than ready. I am sure that you’ve all heard that we are ready for elections in Ekiti.
“I believe all we have to do is to go through the process of selecting our candidate and once we have our candidate, I don’t see us having any problems in the general election in Ekiti.”
Adebayo, 59, was recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to chair the board of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
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