Ayodele Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti State, has warned Seyi Makinde, Governor of Oyo State, against disrespecting or else he would work against his re-election just as he did to Segun Oni, one of his later successors.
Fayose said this in an interview on Wednesday.
There has been a battle for the control of the South-West leadership structure of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) between Governor Makinde and Fayose.
Makinde, a first-term governor, is the only governor of the PDP governor in the South-West zone.
According to Fayose, he was instrumental to the emergence of Makinde as Oyo State Governor, saying he basically handed over the state PDP structure to the incumbent governor.
The former Ekiti governor demanded that Governor Makinde respects him, saying he is not his mate and that he is a higher authority to him in the party.
He said if Makinde should speak out if he has anything against him.
“He (Makinde) is the one to tell you if there is any bone of contention. In this West, I am his brother, I am his father,” Fayose told the Punch.
“When Makinde was to contest, I was the one that presented the flag to him and a red pen. It is a higher authority that hangs your rank, a senior officer hangs the rank of a junior officer, that means he saw me as a leader at the time I was giving him the flag at Ogbomosho.
“It was Governor (Rasheed) Ladoja that was holding the structure that we gave to him (Makinde), I was the only sitting governor at the time. I had powers to influence it negatively. Are you telling me the man that gave you red pen has suddenly become your enemy? If he has anything against me, let him say it. Governor Makinde should take it easy.
“When they were contesting election in Oyo State, I was the one giving him information about the senatorial election. I never slept all night. In his own election, I was with him in Ibadan. If he disrespects us, we will tell him that we have capacity to… I am not his mate.
“If he wants peace, he should stop that nonsense, I say it again nonsense. I mean every word I am saying. I’m a responsible Nigerian. If we were born in the same family, I will be older than Governor Makinde by 10 years even if I was not governor. I should be respected. I am a respectable figure in this country, forget any other story any other politician may say.”
Fayose also said he has no plan to join the APC or any other political party.
He also stated that if Governor Makinde wants to know he emerged governor, he (Makinde) should ask him.
He said: “We need certain level of honour, we need certain level of principles to be able to lead in this country.
“Even when I was supporting Governor (Kayode) Fayemi in Ekiti, I told them I can never join APC in my life. It was Governor (Segun) Oni that disrespected me and I worked for Governor Fayemi. If Governor Makinde continues to disrespect me like this, I will work against him. I don’t operate underneath; you know where you are with me. If Governor Makinde wants to hear the story of how he became governor, I will tell him.”