Indications emerged yesterday that governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would oppose the nomination of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State as the Deputy Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF).
But in a swift reaction, Fayose said he was not interested to be the deputy chairman but chairman of the NGF. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors had proposed Fayose as deputy chairman of the forum. Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State is the chairman of the NGF.
Fayose said the APC governors have no choice over the matter. According to him, “I am not interested in the position because it comes with responsibilities but my colleagues are insisting that I must be the Deputy Chairman of NGF. “I am the longest serving governor today, having served in the days of President Olusegun Obasanjo and also serving today. “The APC governors are intruding as the PDP governors did not make any contribution when they chose the governor of Zamfara as NGF chairman.”
An APC governor, who pleaded anonymity, said that the choice of Fayose by the PDP was ill-considered and unacceptable by the party. The source said that the APC was wary of the controversial governor and would not accept Fayose to such a sensitive position, asking the PDP to find a suitable replacement. “I wonder why the PDP thinks the Ekiti governor should be the choice for the Deputy Chairman of the Forum when they could not accept him as the chairman of their PDP Governors’ Forum.
The choice is unacceptable to us and we would oppose it when we meet on Wednesday,” the source confided. He also pointed out that Fayose has remained a divisive factor during the electioneering and has remained so after the polls and it would be an ill-informed decision to have him occupy such a position.
According to him, “the APC was not averse to the PDP fielding a levelheaded governor to deputise for the chairman of the forum, but certainly not Governor Fayose that is giving to reckless and inciting statements and actions.” The Forum will meet on Wednesday where the deputy chairman would be adopted.