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Engage me and crumble, Fayose dares govt




EKITI State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has warned the Federal Government against alleged moves to remove him from office, saying such an attempt may truncate Nigeria’s democracy.

The governor who spoke on Monday while inaugurating newly-elected local council chairmen at the in Ado Ekiti said : “The very day that Federal Government attempts to engage me by any standard, that government will begin to crumble. My people wanted me as governor and I am back. I’m the most senior governor in Nigeria. When people wanted to fight God they forgot that Moses was an instrument in the hand of God. Let Fayose be; let Fayose be. As many as won’t let Fayose be will perish in the Red Sea” he said.

Fayose said it was obvious that President Muhammadu Buhari had “no clue to solving the economic crisis facing the country and that is why I suggested that Prof Yemi Osinbajo should take over”.

Saying he would always be vocal on national issues, Fayose said: “I am not a governor that will go and cringe because I don’t want anybody to pick on me for saying the truth. That will not happen. Let President Buhari make his anti-corruption war total. Let him be bold enough to probe the Halliburton scandal and the $2 billion oil windfall.

President Goodluck Jonathan left with the dollar a little less than N200 but it is now N300 to a dollar. When Buhari collected two jeeps and $300,000 he did not ask where the money came from. Nigeria cannot be a one party state. They say Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) stole this and that, is the All Progressives Congress(APC) a saint from Jerusalem? Buhari must stop selective anti-graft war,” he said.

Fayose, who urged the 16 newly-elected council chairmen to take the issue of internally-generated revenue serious also emphasised on the need to strive to augment statutory allocations.
The governor also said in line with the policy of empowering people at local level, each councilor and chairman would use N20,000 out of their monthly salaries to empower two persons in their wards.

To ensure good relationship between the chairmen and their councillors, the governor said an advisory council would be set up under the leadership of Senator C.K. Awoyelu to resolve any dispute that might arise.
He described as a landmark achievement, the successful local council elections.

After seven years, Ekiti has democratised local councils. That is the hallmark of the PDP.
“Our election was not inconclusive, we did not bring the person who did not contest to reap where he did not sow. We did not kill our candidate. The APC boycotted the election because they did not want to suffer 16-0 and 177-0 again. They boycotted because they did not want to suffer loss again,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, the Chairman of Gbonyin Local Government, Mrs Folashade Akinrinmola, thanked the governor, party leaders and people of the state for the opportunity given them to serve.

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