Governor urges Nigerians not to vote for ex-military leader again
Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti
A member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon Afolabi Afolabi Akanni , who was recently arrested by men of the Department of State Services (DSS), yesterday arrived in the state, promising that his incarceration would further reinforce his loyalty to the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
Akanni who represents Efon constituency, was arrested on March 4 by DSS detained in Abuja until he was released last Tuesday after spending 18 days in custody.
Another state official and ex-special assistant on revenue to the governor, Mr. Ropo Ogunjobi, who was also arrested was also in the state with the governor.
Fayose, came in company of the two ex-detainees aboard an helicopter marked 5N-BRL at about 3.38p.m. and landed at Christ’s School playing grounding in Ado Ekiti, where they were welcomed by mammoth crowd, comprising members of the state assembly, led by the Speaker, Hon Kola Oluwawole.
Akanni, while addressing the crowd, said his arrest and detention had further intensified his loyalty to Fayose, describing the governor as a reliable leader.
“What manner of democracy are we practising? How can DSS invade a state House of Assembly and arrest a lawmaker with the intention to impeach a governor? They even came without a warrant of arrest. Is this democracy?
“Is it an offence to be loyal or honest to a governor? Fayose is our leader and I can’t betray him. Ekiti people must stand by him. My governor, I am assuring you that I will always stand by you,” the lawmaker assured Fayose.
Ogunjobi revealed that the DSS, during interrogation, accused him of laundering the sum of N22 billion being amount paid on federal roads to the state by the federal government into Fayose’s accounts, which he described as a blatant lie.
“They even said I helped Fayose to launder another N1.3 billion out of the N2.5 billion ecological fund released to the state. I said all these were lies. I can’t lie against my governor,” he stated.
Fayose regretted how past military dictators were endangering Nigerian democracy, urging Nigerians not to vote for them into any sensitive position again in order to preserve Nigerian democratic values.
“Presidents Muhammadu Buhari and Olusegun Obasanjo are not democrats.
They have no respect for the constitution and the rule of law. But no matter what they do, we won’t succumb to intimidation.
“Today, I am excited, because we have won the battle again. They took. Akanni to Abuja as a captive, but he is back now as a hero, so shame onto DSS, shame onto our oppressors!
“Our economy is bad, people are losing their jobs on daily basis, but what the All Progressives Congress (APC) knows how to do best is to lie to the people. They have no answer to this bad economic situation. When Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in government, a dollar was N200, but today, it is almost N400, shame onto them.
“We thank God that we have a House of Assembly that refused to join forces with them to remove the governor. That was why I told them that they had engaged a wrong customer. They should forget about impeachment, because this is not 2006.
“President Buhari should face Nigeria’s financial problems. Although they cannot perform because they took Nigerians’ votes by tricks,” Fayose said.