By Adekunle Aliyu, Online Editor & Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—BY applauding and approving what he described as “a charade that passed for the governorship election in Ekiti State last Saturday,’’ Governor Ayodele Fayose, yesterday said President Muhammadu Buhari has shown that he lacks democratic credentials.
Reacting to a statement by President Buhari’s Media Aide, Mallam Garba Shehu, entitled: “Fayose: In the end, a high-powered nothing,” Fayose, in a stament by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, yesterday, said if President Buhari was a democrat, he would not have supported a situation whereby the will of the people was subverted through the use of brutal force.
He said: “President Muhammadu Buhari should not be happy and applaud this situation whereby the police, army, civil defence and INEC were used to snatch the collective mandate freely given to the Peoples Democratic Party Candidate, Professor Kolapo Olusola and delivering it to the All Progressives Congress Candidate who Ekiti people rejected… Can you call that election? Of course not. It was a contest between Olusola and the INEC and security agencies.
“There was indiscriminate arrest of our party leaders, harassment and brutalisation of voters in a massive scale especially in Ado Ekiti, Ikere and others areas. The thugs imported by the APC operated freely under the cover of security agencies to snatch ballot boxes, create confusion, cause mayhem and drive away voters in PDP strong holds. Our party agents were driven away with guns.
“Buhari has demonstrated truly that he is not a democrat, but a dictator who is yet to get over military mentality. Muscling of democracy in Nigeria today by the Buhari administration is not about Ekiti alone. Presidential aspirants and PDP states should prepare to have taste of the brutality of this administration. This is why we all need to stand up to rescue Nigeria from Buhari.
“I am Peter Ayodele Fayose, I hold my head high. I can never be suppressed. I don’t lose battles and I will not lose this. I will laugh last. Those waiting for me, will wait in vain. They should remember what the prophet said to that heady king in the Bible, which applies to them. He that wears the armour should not boast as he that removes it.”