In the aftermath of the 2023 General Election in Nigeria, the former Governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, shared his thoughts on the outcome of the election and the way forward for the country’s political landscape. Fayose urged Atiku Abubakar to accept defeat in the 2023 General Election gracefully and retire peacefully to Dubai.
Fayose began by commending the courage and resilience of the Labour Party’s Presidential candidate, Peter Obi. He praised Obi’s impressive showing in the election, which he said was not unexpected given the support he enjoyed from Nigerians. Obi’s success was a testament to his hard work and dedication, Fayose said.
However, Fayose did not have such kind words for the PDP. He criticized the party for its entitlement and arrogance, and said that they had no moral right to cry foul about the election results.
According to Fayose, the PDP’s leadership knew that the outcome of the election was likely to be unfavorable for them, given their actions in the past. He pointed out that the party had been responsible for betraying the trust of Nigerians in the 2015 election, which had paved the way for the current ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to come to power.
Fayose observed that the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, had even lost his Ward and Local Government to another party after cashing out like a man struck and stock with poverty. In light of these circumstances, Fayose argued that the PDP had no place crying foul about the outcome of the election.
Furthermore, Fayose emphasized that elections were a process, and those who were not satisfied with the results had the option of seeking redress in court. He urged Nigerians to move on and let the country progress, rather than dwelling on the past.
Fayose also reminded the PDP that the sympathy of Nigerians was not with the party. He argued that they should stop hiding behind Peter Obi’s success in the Labour Party to regain their lost glory. Obi’s victory was his own, and had nothing to do with the PDP, Fayose stressed.
The PDP had known about Obi’s potential, but had overlooked him in favor of other candidates. Fayose suggested that the PDP should accept the fact that they had been retired by Obi’s remarkable performance, and should stop pretending to have a sense of patriotism that they did not possess.
Finally, Fayose turned his attention to Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s Presidential candidate. He advised Abubakar to accept his defeat in maturity and retire peacefully to Dubai. Fayose suggested that it was time for Abubakar to reflect on his political career and consider his future plans. He bid farewell to all those he represented, and wished them well in their future endeavors.
Overall, Fayose’s comments reflected the need for Nigerian politicians to be humble and gracious in defeat. He urged everyone to move forward and work towards the betterment of the country, rather than dwelling on past mistakes and losses.