Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Sunday described the death of former Bayelsa State governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, as painful and unfortunate.
“It is painful that the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government finally succeeded in hounding an Ijaw leader to death just because of his staunch stance on the upcoming Bayelsa State governorship election”, he said in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
Fayose commiserated with the family, former President Goodluck Jonathan as well as the governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson and people of the state.
The Ekiti governor, who prayed for the repose of Alamieyeseigha’s soul, said his death was an eclipse of a political figure who despite all political odds, still commanded great respect among his people.
While blaming the federal government for his death, Fayose said “Obviously, the federal government was behind the plot to extradite Alamieyeseigha to the United Kingdom to face fresh trial, a situation that made him to abandon his medical treatment in Dubai.
“Though I am not against the anti-corruption fight, it is painful that in present day Nigeria, political vendetta is being allowed to override the sovereignty of the country, such that the Presidency was eager to release to a foreign country, a citizen of Nigeria that had been tried, convicted and later pardoned in accordance with the laws of the country”.
“Having been tried and convicted eight years ago, he served his sentence and forfeited property to the Bayelsa State government; I think Alamieyeseigha should have been allowed to live his life without unnecessary political intimidation and harassment”, he said.