Ekiti State Governor, AyodeleFayose on Saturday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to shy away from influencing tribunal judgements in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Reacting to the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal judgment which fired the state governor, NyesomWike, Fayose said, “The seeming collaboration between the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government and a section of the judiciary is worrisome and portends grave danger to the corporate existence of Nigeria.
“This is worse than corruption that the president claimed to be fighting. The desperation to take over the South-South states of Rivers and Akwa Ibom through the backdoor by President Muhammadu Buhari and his APC, in preparation for 2019, using the judiciary may cause anarchy in the country.”
Fayose, through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, LereOlayinka, further accused the APC and President Buhari of another grand plot to rig the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship election using the newly appointed Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and the Director General of Department of State Security (DSS), AlhajiLawal Daura.
The governor said, “There were widespread electoral malpractices during the presidential election in the North, with rampant under-aged voting. Yet, Dr Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did not take steps capable of threatening Nigeria’s corporate existence.
“Curiously too, in a State like Yobe where it was established that the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Abu Zarma received a N15 million bribe from the Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, Assistant Superintendent of Police, ZakariDeba to influence the State Governorship election, the tribunal did not nullify the election.
“Governors Wike and Udom, as well as the teeming supporters of our party, PDP in Rivers and Akwa Ibom States should not be deterred and discouraged as I am sure that by the special grace of God, they will laugh last.”