The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has risen in stout defence of President Muhammadu Buhari who was accused by Governor Ayo Fayose as being “the major problem of the country of the country through his action and inaction.”
The party said the allegation made by Fayose in a statement on Sunday was borne out of fear of the day of his impending day of reckoning when he would face the law for all alleged infractions against the Constitution and official corruption.
In a statement on Tuesday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the APC said father than describing Buhari as the nation’s problem, Fayose had proved conclusively that he and his party represented a bad advertisement for the practice of democracy, which is the precursor to good governance that encourages in-flow of foreign investments.
Olatunbosun said the governor’s records in the nation’s practice of democracy cast a blot on Nigeria’s integrity as a democracy hub where economic development thrived on the observance of the rule of law and transparent conduct of government business.
“During his first term between 2003 and 2006, all international development agencies operating in Ekiti State, including the World Bank and British DFID, relocated from Ekiti when the agencies could no longer cope with the opaque manner Fayose was conducting government’s business in relation to the agencies’ partnership with his administration.
Olatunbosun said the whole world was outraged when Fayose allegedly invaded the court in September 2014 to stop delivery of judgment on his perjury case, attacking the judges with thugs and tearing their coats while court records in the Chief Judge’s office were torn into shreds after beating his secretary “blue and black” and windows and doors of the court were destroyed.
He said: “Again, Fayose’s name rang around the world when he masterminded the greatest electoral fraud in history, mobilising the military for treason to menace the opposition, compromising INEC by illegally obtaining its sensitive materials and drawing on nation’s defence vote to manipulate his election in what is Nigeria’s greatest electoral blues known as Ekitigate.”
“Fayose is criticising the President again because more illicit wealth of his associates in the looting of Nigeria is being exposed.
“The latest in the line of his associates named in alleged fraud is Mrs Patience Jonathan, who once described Fayose as his ‘young husband’ at a campaign rally.
“We are equally aware that Fayose is jittery that EFCC may soon quiz him for using state funds to pay lawyers defending Mrs Patience Jonathan whose accounts were recently frozen by the EFCC.
“The greatest fear that always rattles the ‘fearless’ Fayose is whenever a looter is uncovered by the Federal Government because he knows what is coming for him after the EFCC traced billions of illegal funds to his frozen accounts.
“If today Buhari drops his anti-corruption war, Fayose will throw a lavish party to celebrate an open cheque to Ekiti treasury.”