Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, has said he has nothing personal against the All Progressives Congress ( APC) presidential candidate, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, as the jostling for votes in the coming general elections by politicians continues.
Gov. Fayose, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, was reacting to the barrage of criticisms that have been trailing his mode of campaign for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor, who said he owed nobody any apology for exposing the hypocrisy of APC leaders, accused them of placing personal interests far above national interests.
He said the APC had not only packaged lies and tried to foist such on Nigerians, but had compromised the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the election if it had held on February 14.
He said, “I remember then as the ad hoc chairman of the PDP committee to shop for the presidential candidate to replace former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a crop of suitable, brilliant, healthy and competent northern politicians in the PDP were shortlisted by me for Obasanjo to pick from, but he overruled the list and asked me to contact the late Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua because he preferred him.
“In fairness to the late president, he objected to the offer on health ground, but Obasanjo insisted that he must be the president.
” I am not against the North, rather if Obasanjo had picked from the list of names submitted by my committee to him, certainly, a northerner, replacing Obasanjo would have ruled this country till 2015. As an insider who saw everything and who again have noticed the repeat of the episode of 2006, I must talk.
“There is nothing bad in allowing President Jonathan from the South to complete the two terms he is allowed constitutionally and in 2019, a real candidate from the North, not one manipulated by the South-West APC, will emerge to take over. These APC leaders operate in deceit, the well being of this country is secondary to them. The is the party that ruled Ekiti for just only four years and grounded the state with huge debts.
“That 2006 scenario is again being re-enacted with Obasanjo and APC leaders branding General Buhari to be the president of this
“I am not wishing General Buhari dead, but the fact remains that he is too old to govern a complex country like Nigeria and we don’t want a president that will govern by proxy.”
Throwing more light on the hypocrisy of the APC, Fayose wondered why Buhari could not appear at APC organised rally in London last Wednesday if indeed he was not on hospital bed.
He said the much-talked about Chatham House lecture was a face-saving device to cover the true position of Buhari, adding that most of those attacking him were doing so because he stuck out
his neck to exposed the lies of the APC.
He added that he would not relent.
The governor said after he proved to the world that Buhari was interviewed in Abuja and not London, the APC had not been able to prove him wrong.