BY Gbenga Ariyibi
Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade (rtd) left the glitz and glamour of ministerial office in Abuja to seek the PDP gubernatorial ticket. However, he was shell shocked by Ayo Fayose who emerged as the party’s candidate in the gubernatorial primaries organized by the party last month.
Olubolade had teamed with the other aspirants to lobby the national party to cancel the primaries won by Fayose. But sensing the determination of President Goodluck Jonathan to support Fayose, Olubolade apparently withdrew from the lobby and has since kept away from party affairs.
Yesterday, he surfaced and gave reasons for his silence and his inclinations towards Fayose.
Speaking during Fayose’s campaign stop at Ipoti Ekiti, yesterday described himself as a loyal party man and said that he decided to maintain his cool even while secretly working for the success of the candidate of the party.
“Some politicians thought the issue of primaries will make us fall apart, they have missed the point, we have our peculiar ways of doing our things.”
“I am a loyal party man, l decided to stay cool and be on my own so that there would be peace and unity in the party. If l have not been talking, it is to give room for reconciliation, the time has come for us to be one,” he declared.
“There is no fixed time that allows some one to talk, after the little misunderstanding, we are better positioned,” the former minister said.
Olubolade urged politicians to always expect change, saying the change could either be good or bad depending on the way the change is perceived.
Olubolade later held a meeting with his supporters where he pleaded with them to forgive the past and vote massively for the candidate of the party and prepare ground for the success of the president.