Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, on Thursday advised Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to defer his planned defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) till after the 2018 governorship election in the state.
Lalong advised Fayose to perish the thought of joining the ruling All Progressives Congress now that the party is consolidating its hold in the South West.
Fayose had hinted on Wednesday that he might seek alternative platform outside PDP to execute his succession bid because of the factions in the party.
He had said “I don’t know the platform I will use for the 2018 election yet and at the appropriate time, I will tell you.
“We are still studying the situation. We have to play the game left, right and centre and whoever we are going to use and the platform, you will all be part of the process because party politics is about the people”.
Lalong’s advicecame while speaking to reporters during the APC North Central Zonal Congress, held in Abuja.
The congress was organised to nominate people to fill vacant national party positions.
Lalong led the APC’s national campaign team to the just concluded Ondo State Governorship elections.
He equally expressed confidence that the party will win the upcoming Rivers Re-run election as well as the Anambra State governorship election.
In an apparent response to Fayose’s threat to dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Lalong said, “The one I am waiting for is Ekiti.
“I understand that after Ondo, the man has been saying he wants to come to APC, we are saying he should remain in the PDP till after the election.
“We just came back from Ondo and we were again recruited yesterday to go to Rivers State again and conduct another election. Our own is to ask for your usual and continued support.
“Before now, some people were looking down on the APC, but now people with ambitions for 2019 are withdrawing from the PDP and coming to the APC.
“We are going to Rivers and we will win the elections there, after there, we are moving to Anambra and that one is a done deal.”