Senator Ayo Arise, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has berated Governor Ayo Fayose over his constant attacks on the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
Senator Arise, who was on a Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, monitored in Ado-Ekiti, disagreed with Governor Fayose on his attacks on the person of Buhari. Speaking during the programme on Monday, Arise, who represented Ekiti North in the Senate between 2007 and 2011 said although Fayose is entitled to his opinion, he is not speaking for the party. He condemned the hate campaign mounted by Governor Fayose, pointing out that what is needed is for the ruling party members to work for the victory of its candidate President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 presidential poll.
“Our party has come out strongly to say that Fayose is not speaking for the party. So, I won’t say he is not entitled to his opinion at this level. But left to me as an individual, I disagree with him on this. I believe we don‘t need such in the PDP. All we need is to work hard and campaign for Mr. President to win the election fair and square,” he said.
The senator while speaking on insurgency and dwindling fortunes of the economy, argued that President Jonathan cannot be alleged to have been solely responsible for the current crises bedeviling the country.
Arise, who was also the former Chairman of Senate Committee on Privatization further stated that while he agreed with some analysts that failure of the past leaders led to the insurgency in the Northeastern part of the country, reiterated that Mr. President should not be solely held responsible for the Boko Haram insurgency.