Governor Ayodele Fayose has denied claims by critics that his attacks onPresident Muhammadu Buhari stem from a strong desire for the presidential seat in 2019, stating that the claims are an attempt to discredit him.
The governor said this at an interactive forum in Lagos, where he insisted that people tying him with Senator Ali Sheriff, the national Chairman of the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party, PD, for the 2019 presidential ticket were only after defaming him.
He said, â€œAnybody flying the kite of Sheriff and Fayose is the deceit of the highest order. Again, even if it is the Senate, I am not going to contest. Nobody contests the office of the Vice President you can only become the Vice President of Nigeria if God wants you to be. May I make it expressly clear that if Ali Modu Sheriff wants to contest as president of Nigeria in 2019, I will not support him, I am a man known for my words of honour. We must operate based on principle if our country is to move forward.â€
â€œThis is cheap blackmail orchestrated to give people the impression that I have ambition that is why I am doing all these. I am the most senior governor in Nigeria and if I were to be in a party like the APC, they will be celebrating me every day. They (APC) know I am critical of the bad policies of the APC administration,â€ he continued.
He then said those in support of Buhariâ€™s second term should stop, saying, â€œI have told Nigerians that Buhari does not have the capacity now to govern Nigeria. What capacity will he display in seven yearsâ€™ time? Currently, as it stands, the President is challenged by age.â€