The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be mending fences by giving automatic tickets to Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal, to pursue a second term; Senate President Bukola Saraki to return as Senator as its Kwara Central candidate; and Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as Kano Central candidate; but elsewhere anger over the defeat of Tambuwal at the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. One governor, Yao Fayose is threatening to leave.
Loquacious host governor, Nyesom Wike, walked out the venue after congratulating winner Atiku Abubakar, but his ally, Ekiti governor Ayo Fayose, his own anger in a different way.
Fayose’s anger has activated efforts in the opposition PDP to woo him back.
He is unhappy over the failure of Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, to emerge as the PDP presidential candidate.
A party chieftain and Deputy National Publicty Secretary of the party, Prince Diran Odeyemi is appealing that Fayose remains.
:“We appeal to him not to leave the party, he has been an asset and he has benefited from the party. Even when he left, he still came back to the party, so he should consider all that and not abandon the party when we need him most.
“He should consider the fact that all those who left the PDP for other parties regretted that they left. He should not leave now that the likes of Atiku, Bukola Saraki, Aminu Tambuwal are back in the party. God will guide him aright, he should not take any decision in anger,” he said.
Fayose, in a statement on Monday in Ado Ekiti, said “We have no regret aligning with Governor Wike to support Governor Tambuwal for the presidential ticket. We have no apologies either.
“We kept the party alive and strong when most men became ladies. We never compromised. If any group feels it can do it alone, we will see how far they can go
“I may renounce my membership of the party, if the need arises
“In the main time, myself and others will continue with our consultations while watching the turn of events.
“We cannot but appreciate leaders that have intervened so far, but this release became necessary to avoid fresh crisis or misrepresentation.”