Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has dared President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the state if he can.
Fayose was addressing State House correspondents on Monday shortly after stepping out of the ongoing National Economic Council (NEC) retreat earlier declared open by the president.
According to the governor, plans to declare emergency rule in the state was being mooted, but that it would not work.
It would be recalled that in his first tenure as governor, Fayose was impeached by the House of Assembly allegedly on the orders of then President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2006 but following a “constitutional crisis”, the president declared a state of emergency and appointed Brig.-Gen. Tunji Olurin (retd.) as sole administrator of the state for six months.
Fielding a question on the possible declaration of a state of emergency in Rivers following the violence that marred Saturday’s legislative elections there, Fayose said: “They’ve been insinuating that too in Ekiti. We’ve been waiting for them. Power has gone beyond the leaders, power has gone back to the people.
“There (are) certain things leaders will do today, you will hate it tomorrow. You want to declare state of emergency, declare it and we will tell you that the state of emergency will not work too. This country belongs to all of us”.
The governor also condemned what he called “the militarisation” of the re-run elections in Rivers State.
He said: “If in Ekiti election, nobody was slapped, nobody died, the person defeated congratulated the winner; do we now call this Rivers election rivers of bloodgate? Because, for a peaceful election in Ekiti and this in Rivers, the military has got no business in our elections.
“PDP has always won all the elections after annulment; which means what happened in Rivers is just a service of ego of some individuals who believe they have Nigeria in their pockets. They can call the president at will to deploy the military, and it’s unfortunate that somebody would allow the military to kill his own people. I strongly condemn the elections in Rivers and charge that we sustain the legacy of transparent elections. For me in Ekiti, we learnt from that and we’re prepared. We prepare for election everyday and we’re fully prepared”.
The governor also accused the federal government of allowing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to detain “innocent” Nigerians in the name of fighting corruption.
He also stated that the detentions showed the rascality of the anti-corruption agency.
“And for the people detained in EFCC, it shows the rascality of the agency of government. To the federal government to look away and allow innocent Nigerians’ rights to be taken away, I condemn it”, he said.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
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