The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned Governor Ayo Fayose for describing President Muhammadu Buhari, as “the major problem of the country”.
The party said the statement credited to the governor on Sunday was borne out of fear of his impending day of reckoning when he would face the law for the alleged infractions against the constitution and official corruption.
In a statement yesterday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the Ekiti APC said rather than describing Buhari as the nation’s problem, Fayose had proved conclusively that he and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), represented the threat to democracy.
Olatunbosun said the governor’s records in the practice of democracy cast a blot on Nigeria’s integrity as a democracy hub, where economic growth 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”, he said.
The party recalled how the world was outraged when Fayose allegedly invaded the premises of a court in September 2014 to stop delivery of judgment on his perjury case.
It further alleged that Fayose, who was yet to be sworn in as governor at the time, attacked the judges with thugs and tore 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 destroyed.
The statement added: “If today Buhari drops his anti-corruption war, Fayose will throw a lavish party to celebrate an open cheque to Ekiti treasury”.
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 the 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 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”.