Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has again fired President Muhammadu Buhari over the heated war between the Presidency and the National Assembly arising from the 2016 Budget controversy. He described the happenings as a proof of his earlier stand that President Buhari was clueless and incompetent, advising that “Nigerians should expect more blunders like this until they send Buhari back to Daura in 2019.”
Fayose maintained that the President and the All Progressives Congress (APC), only wanted power desperately without the wherewithal to govern, adding “I warned Nigerians of the consequences of electing an octogenarian as president and with the international embarrassment that this budget crisis has become, I have been vindicated.”
As recorded in a statement issued on Tuesday, 12th April, by Lere Olayinka, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Pubic Communications and New Media, the governor aired his view concerning the 2016 Budget controversy saying:
“It is obvious that there is total disconnection between the President and his cabinet members as many of the ministers don’t even have access to him probably because the president spend most of his time resting as a result of his old age.
“The reality is that the President is challenged by age, exposure and ability. He did not read the budget proposal that he presented to the National Assembly and this should be a lesson for those who clamoured for a Buhari’s presidency that no man can give what he does not have.
“The question is; can a minister present supplementary budget to the National Assembly and can the National Assembly act on budget proposal submitted by a minister?
“It is shameful that after blaming former President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for close to one year, the presidency is now blaming the National Assembly for its inability to prepare a common budget.”
Fayose further commended the National Assembly for bringing the “lies and hypocrisy” of the presidency to light, saying it was a shame that President Buhari and his men could blame the National Assembly for their incompetence revealed in the 2016 Budget controversy.
He urged the National Assembly not to give in to “blackmail and intimidation” from the presidency and maintained that the way in which the presidency was blackmailing and intimidating other arms of government, particularly the judiciary, should be an issue of concern to people who love democracy and good governance in Nigeria.
Governor Fayoye, finally proclaimed that Nigeria will no longer be under the leadership of octogenarians, saying: “Nigerians must have now come to terms that I warned them that Buhari is too old to govern a country like Nigeria.”