The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has called on Governor Ayodele Fayose to commit suicide in fulfillment of his vow to do so if President Buhari recovers and returned to the country.
BuzzNigeria recalls that before President Buhari returned to Nigeria after 104 days in London for a medical vacation, Governor Fayose who is a vocal critic of the president and the APC was quoted as saying, “I will commit suicide if Buhari comes back alive,” and the statement made the rounds on social media in July.
But in celebration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s return during a rally held by the APC and the coalition of civil society groups in Ekiti State, the ruling party reminded Fayose of his promise.
While addressing participants of the rally, the APC’s Acting Chairman in the State, Mrs Kemi Olaleye, said God has shamed those wishing the President dead, and further appealed to Fayose to make good his threat.
“Mr Fayose has turned himself to propaganda-in-chief, but we are happy that God has shamed those who thought President Buhari won’t return alive. With this rally, the end has come to Governor Fayose’s reign in Ekiti.
“The good people of this state are not in support of Fayose’s action, because we are cultured and compassionate people.
“Look at the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike, he went to Abuja to welcome the president back to Nigeria. That was a show of maturity, why was our governor not learning from this?
“We are solidly behind President Buhari even beyond 2019. And we are pleading with Nigerians to discountenance whatever Fayose has been saying against the president. He was not speaking for us, he only spoke for himself”, she said.
However, Governor Fayose has denied ever saying he would commit suicide if President Buhari returned to Nigeria arrive, alleging that the statement was a fiction from the APC.
The Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi insists that the Governor had wished the President well and had joined others in praying for him.
“Mr. Fayose never said he would commit suicide if the President returns to the country.
“It is the creation of the APC. It is their style to create such falsehood,” Adelusi said.
Fayose’s media aides had also reacted to the statement blaming ‘the rumour’ on the handiwork of the Buhari propaganda machinery. Debunking the statement, the Governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka said:
“Kindly disregard this statement, as it did not emanate from Governor Fayose.
“It is their usual way of shifting the people’s attention from the real question Nigerians are asking, as to the whereabouts of the President. At no time was such statement made by the governor.”
Meanwhile, Fulani herdsmen have called on Governor Fayose to apologise to President Buhari for making disparaging statements on the president’s health or face legal action.
Speaking on Monday, August 21, at a news conference in Makurdi, Benue state, the national coordinator of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBA), Alhaji Garus Gololo said Fayose must tender a public apology for making unguarded statements on the health of the president.
“We MACBA have met at our level here and resolved that the Ekiti State governor should publicly apologize to the Nigerian President who he had mocked and made several comments he is not morally and professionally supposed to say.
”We know that while other Nigerians were praying for PMB’s quick recovery, Fayose was praying for Mr President to die. He even went ahead asking people to begin to address him as the next president of Nigeria while Buhari is still alive, but thank God, Buhari did not die.
”So, our president is back to the country to continue with the governance of Nigeria. It is now our turn to demand for Fayose to apologize or we will go after him legally,” the herdsmen association said.