Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has reiterated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will reclaim its lost mandate at the July 14, 2018 governorship elections in the state.
The vocal critic of President Muhammadu Buhari said this on Saturday, April 13, during the well-attended 40th birthday party of the Ekiti PDP deputy governorship candidate Deji Ogunsakin in Lagos.
Ogunsakin, a former chairman of Ado Ekiti Local Government, was chosen as running-mate to Kolapo Olusola-Eleka at the election which the PDP lost to, equally a former governor of the state, the All Progressives Congress candidate, Kayode Fayemi.
At the bash, Fayose who expressed joy with the celebrant disclosed that Ogunsakin has demonstrated uncommon loyalty, high sense of responsibility and shall reclaim his mandate sooner than expected.
“You came back you said you want to be council chairman, and I said in Ado ekiti, seven of you came and I said you should step down for each other,” Fayose said.
“You stepped down first, another guy stepped down. And the other 5 couldn’t make headway after three hours. And I said the first man to step down should be the council chairman coming from the Muslim extraction and the second should be the vice chairman as a Christian.
“You were in your house, I called you I said see me seven o’clock in the morning. I woke up 5am, I never knew the name of the deputy governor and governor will go to INEC together.
“I called my wife, I said this young man had been on my wife since midnight and she said I am thinking in the right direction.
“I decided to find out from a few people, first person I called said ‘no Deji cannot be’; he is not a good Muslim. I called the chief Imam who says he is one of the best Muslims they have.
“I called on another person who said ‘Deji is our friend, but we don’t know he would remain our friend if he gets there’. So he sighted one or two people who said I can confirm; I called both of them and they said it’s not correct.
“Ogunsakin the incoming deputy governor of Ekiti state. I have said to him severally and I am saying it again that it will come to pass.
“You never asked for it but posterity and time brought you to limelight. I recall you came to Ekiti you wanted to go for House of Assembly, for reasons best known to God, it didn’t work out.
The 59-year-old governor also revealed the moment he notified the PDP governorship candidate of Ekiti, Olusola Eleka, of his preferred deputy.
“I called Professor Olusola Eleka, the incoming governor of Ekiti State and told him this is your deputy.
“At 39, you have made your mark. At 40, it would be actualized. I have not ceased to call you His Excellency, I say it again, I don’t know how it will happen, but you will soon be addressed in due cause. I have no doubt beyond doubt that you will still govern Ekiti state.
“There are two categories of people in life, one will say election has come and gone, lower court has said it, another court has said it. Which way, which road will he pass – that is the imagination of the thinker. To whom God hath showed mercy, God does not pursue human beings.
“How you will get there lies in the hands of God. I want to celebrate you like others. I am not celebrating you because I am about 20 years older than you. Next year I will be 60. So, I am not celebrating you like others here.
“I am celebrating you like my boy who in my life time I wished well. I desire and pray that God will elevate you because I know you man well. You are a man, a young man who believes in leadership. And there is a reward for those who wait upon the lord. You shall mount upon the wings of the eagles. We shall join hands to celebrate you at 40, not this kind of celebration.
“Heaven will let loose for you and you will be celebrated. I’m proudly your brother, your leader, your governor. I am excited working with you and I’m excited looking forward to God that will put you on that throne. To every opportunity I’ve given you, you have not messed up.
“I’m impressed and I’m saying it to you here, where people are living witnesses, very soon, so soon than you expected, you shall be celebrated.”