By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
The former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has declared that the only legacy President Muhammadu Buhari would be leaving for Nigerians after the 2019 poll would be a weak economy and rising unemployment that had been the hallmark of his government.
Fayose said Nigerians would never forget President Buhari for ruining the country economically and promoting nepotism to the level of state policy thereby dividing the country and threatening its unity.
Fayose, who is the Southwest Coordinator of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council, said “apart from the civil war era, the country had never been so insecure to the extent that our military men, including retired top officers are killed so recklessly.
“Thousands of Nigerians have been killed by herdsmen and the President has done nothing.”
According to a statement on Friday by his Media Aide, Lere Olayinka, the former governor said; “At this time in 2014, a bag of rice was N7,000 but the same bag of rice is over N20, 000 now while other food items are also beyond the reach of ordinary Nigerians.”
He said Nigerians would never forget a President who met petrol at N86.50 per litre and increased it to N145 within one year and destroyed the economy of the country to the extent that dollar that exchanged for N197 to N1 is now over N360.
“Most importantly, Nigerians will forever remember President Buhari’s flagrant disobedience to rule of law, selective application of justice, use of state apparatus like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Police and Department of State Services (DSS) to oppress his perceived political enemies and treatment of other arms of government, especially the judiciary with contempt.
“Particularly, the people of Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Adamawa, Ekiti and other States will remember the President for keeping silent when herdsmen were killing them, raping their wives and destroying their farmlands,” Fayose said.
The former governor assured that “In February 2019, God will deliver Nigerians from President Buhari and his afflictions on the country.
He said; “With unemployment increasing from 17.6 million in 2017 to 20.9 million in 2018, and the President himself admitting his own failure and promising more hardships next year, in other countries of
the world, he would have resigned instead of seeking to continue to impoverish the country and its people with his directionless approach to governance.
However, whether he chooses to take the most honourable path of resigning or not, Nigerians will definitely remove him with their votes and set themselves free in February 2019.”
Earlier, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 6, Mr. Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, assured the Rivers State Governor that the police would perform their responsibility professionally to ensure credible polls in 2019.
He said officers and men were receiving the required training to be neutral and professional during the polls.
He commended the Rivers State Governor for his logistical and financial support which had assisted the police in carrying out her duties.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 6 informed the governor that the Zone would arrange a peace accord for security agencies, political leaders and INEC ahead of the 2019 elections.