I Didn’t Resign From PDP, I Just Stepped Down — Fayose

Contrary to our earlier report on the 2nd of March, 2023, ex-Ekiti State Governor — Ayodele Fayose said he didn’t resign from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and he’ll never join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), despite his admiration for the President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Fayose’s recent statement had him saying he remains a PDP member, but he only stepped down.

The statement reads “I am not a member of the APC and will never be a member of the party. I have never hidden my respect for Tinubu. Notwithstanding, I believe that the 2023 presidential election is free and fair and I am entitled to my views.

“I am not interested in contesting any political position again in my life. What am I going to contest for at 62? Even if I want to contest, not under the APC. I have said it repeatedly that I can never join the APC and I am still saying it now. But I need to emphasise that Nigeria needs somebody who will say the truth at this critical period in our history.

Speaking on his membership of the PDP, he stated: “I am still a bona fide member of the PDP. I only said I stepped aside because I need to speak the truth to power without the fear of my view being tainted by party colouration. Resigning from a political party has a procedure and the same will be followed if I strongly find the need to leave the party.

“It is important that we have somebody that can say the truth without wearing any party toga. I am a member of the PDP, the National Executive Committee, the party caucus, and the Board of Trustees based on my position as a former chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum. It’s a lifetime membership, but Nigeria is bigger than any party.”

He concluded: “Tinubu won the election, but PDP was too fractured to win an election at the federal level. However at the state level, elections are local, please continue to vote and support the PDP, especially in the governorship and Houses of Assembly elections.”

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