Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has revealed that one of his greatest wishes on his 57th birthday was to have woken up to a congratulatory message from President Muhammadu Buhari or find such message in the media.
Fayose said he expected president Buhari as the father of the nation to call him first as a governor and a leading opposition figure in the country.
The governor made this known while speaking to journalists at the Government’s House in Ado-Ekiti.
He said: �My wishes on my 57th birthday as Ayo Fayose are many but one of them which will interest you is that I wish President Buhari’s congratulatory call would have woken me up today as one of the governors in the country and as a leading opposition figure in the country: a fearless young man who believes that things should be done rightly.
�I expect the president to show himself as a father of all, preaching that we must extend love to everybody � not only those in his political party.
�The president would have made a difference if he had extended such gesture to others beyond his political party. Such a congratulatory message should have been conveyed through his Minister of Information (Lai Muhammad). I would have loved to either wake up receiving a congratulatory call from him or read it in the papers. But since it is not coming, it is not a big deal to me and I take no offence on it.”
Fayose went further to say that he’s not President Buhari’s enemy and that he deserved commendation from Buhari because he was contributing to the vibrancy of democracy being the opposition figure.
�I am not Buhari’s enemy. Opposition is the strength of democracy, it ensures that the electorate get value for their votes. Those who criticise your government are not your enemies, they are catalysts to your growth as a government,” he said.
Fayose also stated that he would celebrate his birthday with artisans, Okada riders, market women and men, and people on the streets.
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