Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose says the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Mohammadu Buhari (rtd) do not deserve the votes of the Yorubas and people of Edo and Delta States and should not be seeking them. They should rather be seeking forgiveness, he said.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Fayose said it was disheartening while recounting the kind of inhuman treatment some of the Yoruba leaders were given during the regime of Buhari in 1985
“Buhari’s coup of 1983 destroyed the Southwest and the old Bendel State (now Edo and Delta) as it put an end to the developmental programmes of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) government in the Southwest States of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun and Ondo, as well as Bendel State,” Fayose said.
He also described Buhari’s cancellation of the Lagos metroline project in 1985 as the grearest disservice to the Yoruba people in particular, and Nigerians in general.
“If Buhari had not cancelled the metroline project out of vendetta, transportation problems in Lagos would have been solved permanently.
“The metroline project would have made life easier and changed the face of transport in Lagos. But Buhari cancelled it and even went ahead to pay compensation to the French company that handled it. Buhari’s action cost Lagosians over $78 million then,” Fayose said.
“In Yorubaland, we were enjoying free education and free health before Buhari came. Then, all that was needed to go to primary and secondary schools was school uniform. Drugs were free.
“Apart from free education and free health, the Southwest witnessed rapid development. Lagos State University, Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University), Ondo State Polytechnic (now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic), and several other institutions were established.
“As at 1979, Lagos State had no secretariat. Jakande’s government built the Alausa Secretariat within four years. Ajasin’s government built Alagbaka Secretariat in Akure within four years. Even the Lekki-Epe road on which they are now collecting tolls was constructed by Jakande.
“For all that they did for us in Yorubaland, what did Buhari do to Jakande, Ajasin, Bola Ige and Bisi Onabanjo? He jailed them and Bisi Onabanjo came out of prison with health issues that eventually claimed his life.
“What did Buhari do to reward Awolowo, whose party gave us free education and free health? Awolowo’s international passport was seized and he was prevented from travelling abroad for medical treatment. Awolowo died two years after!
“In 1984 that Buhari introduced school fees, thousands of our youths then dropped out of school.
“Therefore, Buhari who truncated the future of many of our people and jailed our leaders who served our land selflessly should be seeking forgiveness from Yoruba people, not votes,” the statement by Fayose read.