Professor Olusola Kolapo Eleka, a former deputy governor of Ekiti State, on Monday reacted to former Governor Ayodele Fayose’s endorsement of Mr. Bisi Kolavole as the sole PDP candidate in the 2022 Ekiti gubernatorial election.
Olusola Eleka Said:
First and foremost, I want to thank all those who have reached out to me in the last couple of days over the recent events rocking the foundation of our Party. I do not take your love for granted.
It is a great honour seeing the volume of love and concerns being shown by these loved ones. May God Almighty remember you and continue to bless you in all your undertakings.
The events of the past few days have generated serious ripples in our party and among members of the party, particularly after the endorsement of the current Party Chairman, Hon. Bisi Kolawole as the preferred aspirant by our leader, former governor Peter Fayose ahead of the party’s primaries, which has given birth to questions challenging the morality and legality of the process that led to the decision.
I had taken time off to reflect on the issues involved and following biblical injunction that exhorts us to be quick in hearing but slow in speaking or reacting.
I sincerely acknowledge H E’ s leadership role and right in the choice and endorsement of Hon Bisi Kolawole as the most preferred aspirant from Osoko Political Assembly. I’m not and cannot be grieved by this. H E had also similarly favoured me in the recent past.
My coming out to indicate my interest in the 2022 gubernatorial contest is based on Divine leading and not just on personal human ambition. I’m constrained to seek God’s face on every subsequent actions and until I received anything to the contrary, the aspiration remains intact.
Whatever happens, H. E, Peter Fayose remains my leader, whom I have adored and respected in my humble capacity as his deputy for 4years; who in-turn believes in my capability to lead our state and provide good governance for the Fountain of Knowledge.
Governor Fayose should be rest assured that by God’s grace, my respect and honour for his person and leadership can not diminish. As a matter of right, he has spoken on his choice and preference concerning who flags the party’s gubernatorial ticket this time around and also on the right of other aspirants to pursue further their ambition if they so desire. In all these, may God’s will be done.
Notwithstanding, I have resolved that I will continue to maintain a cordial relationship with my boss because I have learnt and will continue to learn so much from him.
Therefore, I appeal to all my supporters never to disrespect our leader, Dr Ayo Fayose. As Omoluabi, we shall continue to show him deserving respect even as we strategically and logically pursue our aspirations.
One of the things that I have learnt from and under H. E Peter Ayodele Fayose is the fact that “power is never served a la carte”.
This event of endorsement is a stepping stone for us in our desire and quest to build a virile party and an enviable future for our dear State.
Consequent to the above, I call on all party leaders, stakeholders and supporters not to relent in their support for our aspiration.
Nothing good comes easily but I am promising that together, we shall build a prosperous state for ourselves and generations yet to come.