Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has likened former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff to a new bride who had to be dumped because she was found to be HIV positive.
Fayose made the analogy in explaining why he withdrew his support for Sheriff despite initially backing the latter’s emergence as PDP Chairman.
“Without doubt, I did not beg him but I supported his coming. And when you act within ambits of time the information you have at a given time, I am not someone that will say I did not support Sheriff,” he said on Thursday, June 16, 2016 after a meeting of PDP leaders in Abuja, ThisDay reports.
“But when you want to marry a woman, on the wedding day they tell you that the woman has HIV, will you still remain in the marriage? I am out of it,” he added.
Sheriff was removed from the chairmanship position during the PDP’s National Convention on May 21, 2016.
Fayose was one of the few PDP members who supported Sheriff’s emergence despite claims that the latter had links to Boko Haram.
“His [Sheriff’s] emergence at this time is the best thing in the present circumstance and those aggrieved should sheath their sword and deploy their time and resources into fighting the All Progressives Congress (APC) instead of their own party,” the governor said on February 22, via a statement released by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
“I therefore call on all my admirers and believers in my dogged fight for the revival of our party to support our new chairman, whom I believe has the required capacity to reposition the party,” the governor added.
Sheriff later thanked Fayose for his support and revealed that it was the governor who made him chairman of the PDP.
“I never planned to be the PDP Chairman but God used people like Fayose and other Nigerians to make me the chairman (of the party),” Sheriff said on March 17.
“I was sleeping in my room when Fayose called me from Port Harcourt and said I was going to be the new National Chairman. For me, it was a miracle,” he added.
After Sheriff’s removal from office, Fayose explained that he was forced to withdraw his support because the situation was tearing the PDP apart.
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