The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has explained the reason behind his persistent criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
Fayose who described himself as the most senior governor in Nigeria during an interactive forum on Sunday in Lagos, said his constant attacks on Buhari was based on his sense of responsibility and was not related to any 2019 presidential aspiration as alleged by critics.
The outspoken governor said linking him to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Sheriff, for the 2019 presidential ticket was an attempt to discredit him.
Fayose while urging those clamouring for a second term for Buhari to have a rethink, said by 2019, the president would have become too old to reign over the affairs of the nation.
He said, “Those promoting Buhari for 2019 should stop. I have told Nigerians that Buhari does not have the capacity now to govern Nigeria.
”What capacity will he display in seven years time? Currently as it stands, the President is challenged by age.”
Fayose said, “Anybody 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.”
“This 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 everyday. They know I am critical of the bad policies of the APC administration.”