Former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has declared that he never expected President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to become Nigeria’s president.
The PDP chieftain recalled celebrating Tinubu on his birthday since 2015 without an inkling he would become Nigeria’s president.
Speaking on Channels Television’s programme, Sunday Politics, Fayose said he has no regret clamouring for power to shift to the South ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Fayose also noted that he has never hidden his stance for Tinubu as the leader of the Southwest region.
“I have never hidden in my position on Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Let me remind you very quickly. I never knew Asiwaju will be president of Nigeria and there was no time in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 that I have not celebrated his birthday on the pages of newspapers as the then-governor of Ekiti State,” Fayose said.
“One of the messages I passed across at that time was that party politics notwithstanding; he will remain our leader in the West for long.
“I never knew he would be president of Nigeria. I counted the costs before I took those actions. If Tinubu is not an example to identify with, somebody like me will not identify with him,” he added.
Politics Nigeria recalls that Fayose recently visited Tinubu at the presidential Villa in Abuja.
Speaking after the visit, the former governor, who commended the president, vowed to tackle him if he fails to keep his promises to Nigerians.