The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has been advised by the Nigerian Army against politicising the military and seek relevance elsewhere.
Asides his claim that the war against Boko Haram is far from over, Fayose had on Wednesday, August 2, accused the military of taking advantage of the anti-insurgency war to create “fake defence contracts” for personal interest.
Fayose who is a fierce critic of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government also called for a periodic change in the military, saying that without the reshuffle of officers, they would become “institutions to themselves”.
“As revealed by Transparency International, the fight against Boko Haram has become a cash cow for some top military officers and corrupt politicians in the Buhari’s government, with the creation of fake defence contracts and laundering the proceeds often laundered abroad in the UK, US and elsewhere,” the Governor had said in a statement.
But in a tweet on Thursday, August 3, the Army denied the allegations and warned the governor against politicising the military.
It also asked the governor to seek other avenues for his relevance.
“Gov Ayodele Fayose should stop politicizing the military and military OPs, seek other avenues for your relevance. The Army today is not corrupt,” it wrote.
Meanwhile, Fayose has said he will officially declare his intention to run for the 2019 presidential election in October 2017.
In a statement issued by the Governor’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka on Thursday, Aug 3, Fayose also denied reports that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP had chosen Fayose as the Presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election and the All Progressives Congress (APC) member and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as his running mate.
“I saw the report on Saharareporters like every other person; that will be one of the many mysteries of Sahareporters. As I’m talking to you, there is nothing like that.
“Fayose will officially declare his intention to run for the presidency latest by October. This issue of Fayose vying for the presidency with Atiku is not correct,” Olayinka said.
Fayose, who is the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, had last month launched a Facebook page named ‘Fayose for President in 2019’, formally confirming his intention to take President Muhammadu Buhari’s job.
When asked if the former ruling party is working towards luring the former Vice President away from the All Progressives Congress, APC, and back to the PDP, Lere said, “The party is trying to bring back every member that left as a result of the crisis, not only Atiku.”
Atiku who is a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) served as vice president on the platform of the opposition party from 1999 to 2007 and has not hidden his intention to become the president of the country.