Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, says anyone who leaves the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) is driven by covetousness.
Fayose stated this on Sunday, while featuring on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme.
While reacting to a question on whether the PDP is falling apart, considering the defection of David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi, to APC and the rumours of Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation, leaving the party, he said anyone that leaves PDP for APC is taken away by covetousness.
“May I say this to you, very clearly. In the book of James one from verse four. The Bible says a man is taken away in his own covetousness. Anyone who leaves PDP for APC at this time must be taken away by his own covetousness,” he said.
When asked whether he can defect to the APC, the former Ekiti governor said the APC cannot offer him anything, as his party gave him the opportunity to become governor when he was 42 years old.
“I’m over 60. What do I want to become? I was governor at 42. All the opportunities anybody could offer, PDP offered me,” Fayose said.
“I will not go to APC. What is missing? Some people choose to be dishonourable. Not me. I will rather go and be the husband of my wife, Feyisetan Fayose, and my son.”
On the purported defection of Fani-Kayode, Fayose said the former minister is going nowhere, adding that the purported defection is not true as he has spoken to him several times.
“I know FFK is going nowhere. What they are saying is not true. I have spoken to FFK about six times. What they are saying is not true. I’m 100 percent sure,” the former governor said.
Commenting on the Igangan crisis in Oyo state, Fayose urged Seyi Makinde to be more proactive in fighting insecurity.
“Governor Makinde needs to be more proactive. Oyo state is a big state. Look at the incident that happened in Igangan,” he said.
“When a similar case happened in Ekiti, I was there, same day. I took charge of that community. I slept in that community as a fact, and immediately they mentioned names here and there, instead of fighting them, I went to look for them and brought everybody to the roundtable.
“This I’m saying to you, I have told governor Makinde. I sat him down and I told him, ‘your excellency, borrow from our experiences; we are generals in this field.’”