By Gbenga Ariyibi, Ado Ekiti
The former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose has asked the ActingÂ President, DrÂ Goodluck Jonathan not to bow toÂ someÂ members of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] who are mounting pressure on himÂ Â to contest the 2011 presidential election, sayingÂ his missionÂ now should be how to conduct a credible election for Nigerians in 2011Â elections.
Fayose who was speaking with newsmen at his Afao Ekiti country home yesterday said JonathanÂ would make a lasting impression on the mind of manyÂ Nigerians if he decides toÂ shun those persuading him toÂ vie for the presidential election.
The former governor, however admitted that Dr Jonathan has a constitutional right toÂ stand and contest election under any party of his choice, noting that the acting PresidentÂ has the right to take or reject the offerÂ without any external influence
â€˜â€™l will personally advise the Acting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan not to heed the advice of those in the ruling PDP asking himÂ toÂ run for 2011 presidential election. His missionÂ should be onÂ how he should organise a credible election for Nigerians without himself taking part in it.
“He should not allow the sycophants around the Presidential VillaÂ to mislead him . l think Mr acting President should remain tactful and watchful
â€˜â€™But l must admit that DrÂ Jonathan being a Nigerian has an inherent constitutional power to stand for any election under any party, but l know he is a sensible person , he would do the right thing”.
On theÂ removalÂ of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission[INEC], Dr Maurice Iwu, FayoseÂ ,Â praised the courage of the Acting President in asking Iwu to go butÂ said the easing out of Iwu should not be celebrated until the people know who would replace him.
â€˜â€™His removal is not the end of the story, Iwuâ€™s removal is only the beginning of an event not the end, we want to see who is to replace him whether he wouldÂ be a credible Nigerian or not , whether he wouldÂ be anotherÂ PDP man or not
OnÂ what would be his next political ambition, the former governor who left the Government House in a controversial circumstances in August 2007 said he would make his political ambitionÂ Â Â public after the verdict of theÂ Ekiti State election petition tribunal who has reserved its ruling indefinitely.