Outgoing Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, says former Director General of the Department of State Services Lawal Daura, asked him twice to support the government of President Muhammadu Buhari so that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, would retain the control of the state.
Fayose, who spoke in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Sunday night at a send-off party organised for him by his colleagues in the PDP Governors’ Forum, said he turned down the request on both occasions.
According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Idowu Adelusi, on Monday, the governor was quoted as saying that it was for that reason that Daura coordinated the security onslaught against him and his supporters during the July 14 governorship election in the state.
He said: “If I had agreed to the proposal and operated like a bat, who has the features of an animal and a bird, they would not have attempted to muzzle me.
“I am not one of those that would be silenced or who will go and take over under his wife’s bed because some people want to play God.
“I cannot deceive you, I can fight but rather than fight the PDP, I will deploy my energy to fight those holding our country hostage and retarding its growth by their incapability.
“The time is up for them and they know this.”
On the fallout from the PDP presidential primaries, outgoing Ekiti governor urged the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and others to give the necessary respect and recognition to state governors.
He said: “The governors are institutions on their own and they must be accorded the necessary respect and recognition.
“When there is need to get these governors to contribute money to meet some needs, they will contribute.
“But when there is need to let them express their views and preferences, they will be accused of trying to impose.