Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has advised Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of his party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to ‘accept defeat in maturity and retire peacefully to Dubai’. The former Governor commended the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi for his impressive victory in the presidential polls.

But is adamant that his party’s flag bearer at the polls should accept defeat and retire from partisan politics.

Fayose’s reaction comes days after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted the presidential and national assembly elections nationwide.

“I commend the courage and resilience of the Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate HE. Peter Obi, for his uncommon and unprecedented outing and outcome of this election. It is not unexpected going by the support he enjoys with Nigerians.

“However, I cannot but berate the PDP which has no moral right to cry foul. Those handling the party obviously knew this was going to be the outcome and possibly the end of their arrogance and sense of entitlement, especially bearing in mind they were the 2015 traitors.

“In life, they say what goes around comes round. Beyond this, does the PDP want to win an election with a fractured party that it is now? Kwankanso, Obi, etc were driven out of the party and they claimed they could win without the G5 Governors.

“‘Almighty’ Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman even lost his Ward and Local Government to another party after cashing out like a man struck and stock with poverty. As it is now, PDP turning around to cry foul has no place with Nigerians. Not at all.

“Most importantly, election is a process and those not satisfied can vent their anger in court. It is therefore time to allow Nigeria and Nigerians to move on. If you think Nigerians love or still want PDP as an alternative, by now the message should be instructive,” he wrote on his verified Twitter handle on Monday night.

He also added: “The present managers of the PDP need to be told that the sympathy of Nigerians is not for the party. They should stop hiding under Peter Obi’s LP to pretend to have a sense of patriotism that they don’t have.

“Therefore, no sense of comradeship with Obi will work. After all, they knew his potential, yet, he was not deemed fit for the party’s ticket and he was eased out. Today, he has retired all of them.

“Our candidate, H.E. Atiku Abubakar (aka ‘Atiku is coming’) should accept defeat in maturity and retire peacefully to Dubai.

“At this juncture, may I say good night and good bye to all you represent.— Peter Ayodele Fayose (@GovAyoFayose) February 27, 2023.”

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