Olaniyan, while reacting to his rumoured defection from the party, said the rumours keep spreading because he stayed aloof from ‘the shenanigans that surrounded the selection of PDP candidates for the 2023 elections’.
Asked why he stayed away from the politickings, selection of candidates and allocation of tickets, the deputy governor said he cannot say he was involved when, in actual fact, he was sidelined.
Olaniyan said: “I am a Muslim, and Allah determines mymovement. So, if Allah says wait in PDP, I’ll wait, if He says I should go to APC, I will go, and if he says I shouldn’t go to either APC or PDP but elsewhere, that’s what I will do. Or if he says I should go away from politics, I will go away. I am not looking for what to eat or drink, let’s just wait for God to speak and we will know what to do.
“Why the speculations are always coming up is because I have decided to stay aloof, all through the nominations. I haven’t bought any nomination form and I didn’t participate in the PDP shenanigans. I call it shenanigans because we know all the anomalies that have been going on.
“I hold no grudge against anyone and I am not fighting anyone on anything. I was elected deputy governor and, constitutionally, I can only do whatever the governor assigns to me. I am not having issues with anyone and I am not fighting anybody on anything.
“You can claim some people are not important specifically, but let’s wait and see. But, like I have been telling people, I am still a bonafide member of the PDP as in now, and 24 hours is a long time in politics. Anything can happen anytime”
On rumours of being courted by other parties, Olaniyan said: “About five parties are wooing me with their ticket, four of them are wooing me with governorship ticket. I have paid my dues in so many parties. I was part of the founding members of ADC in Oyo State. The parties all offered me tickets but I have told them to allow God speak. To be the governor is not my headache…”
While reacting to last Tuesday meeting between the governor and members of the House of Assembly, Olaniyan cautioned naysayers against speculations, saying the governor has the right to meet with the lawmakers anytime and on any issue.