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Ahead of next year’s general election, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Sunday held a closed-door meeting with former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
Africa Daily News, New York gathered that the meeting between Obi and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain took place at his residence in Lagos.
An ally of Fayose, Lere Olayinka, confirmed this in a post on his social media handle.
Lere Olayinka had shared photos of Fayose and the former Anambra State Governor, with the caption: “Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi visits former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose in his Lagos residence today.”
Africa Daily News, New York recalls that Obi dumped the PDP after obtaining the party’s presidential ticket to become the candidate of the Labour Party.
The purpose of Obi’s meeting with Fayose is not yet known, but there are insinuations that the Ekiti former governor might be planning to work for him in the 2023 election.
Recall that Fayose had earlier stated that he would not support the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over the way he and other PDP leaders treated Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State after the party’s primary.
Fayose, a two-time governor under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), made this known in a series of tweets that he posted on his official handle on Wednesday, pinning his argument on the party’s constitution.
‘The PDP Constitution provides for a rotational Presidency. Section 3(c) provides that the Party shall pursue its aims & objectives by ‘adhering to the policy of the rotation & zoning of Party & Public elective offices in pursuance of the principle of equity, justice, and fairness’,’ Fayose maintained.
‘The current President of Nigeria is a 2-term Northern Presidency, thus implying that it MUST be a Southern Presidency in 2023 or NOTHING. Awa ‘South’ lo kan’. Nigerians should await details soon.’
Africa Daily News, New York reports that Fayose, who had contested the PDP presidential primary, lost out to former Vice President Atiku Abukar in the exercise held earlier this month.