Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has condemned the tribunal
judgments nullifying the elections of Rivers and Akwa Ibom States
Governors, Mr Nyesom Wike and Emmanuel Udom respectively, saying; “the seeming collaboration between the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government and a section of the judiciary is worrisome and portends grave danger to the corporate existence of Nigeria. This is worse than corruption that the president claimed to be fighting.”
Governor Fayose said desperation to take over the South South States
of Rivers and Akwa Ibom through the backdoor by President Mohammadu Buhari and his APC, in preparation for 2019, using the judiciary may cause anarchy in the country.
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and
New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor accused the APC and President
Buhari of another grand plot to rig the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa
States governorship election, using the newly appointed Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and the Director General of Department of State Security (DSS), Alhaji Lawal Daura.
He said; “There were widespread electoral malpractices during the
presidential election in the North, with rampant under-aged voting.
Yet, Dr Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did
not take steps capable of threatening Nigeria’s corporate existence.
“Curiously too, in a State like Yobe where it was established that the
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Abu Zarma received N15
million bribe from the Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the State Governor,
Ibrahim Gaidam, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Zakari Deba to
influence the State Governorship election, the tribunal did not
nullify the election.”
The governor called on President Buhari to, in the overall interest of
Nigeria, tread cautiously in his bid to consolidate power and prepare
ground for his possible re-election bid.
Governor Fayose, who reminded the President of the wild, wild west of
the mid 60s and the 1983 saga between late Chief Adekunle Ajasin and
Chief Akin Omoboriowo, which was orchestrated by the then Federal
Government, said “the consequences of the orchestrated plot to prevent
the people of Western Region from having the government of their
choice through a fair and just election in 1964 should be a watchful
example for Nigerians in general and President Buhari in particular.”
He appealed to the people of the South South not to be intimidated and
discouraged, expressing hope that the appellate court will protect the
wish of the people of Rivers and Akwa Ibom States.
“Governors Wike and Udom, as well as the teeming supporters of our
party, PDP in Rivers and Akwa Ibom States should not be deterred and
discouraged as I am sure that by the special grace of God, they will
laugh last,” the governor said.