Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Thursday in Yenagoa, again criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing his “in-law” as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission.He spoke ahead of the governorship elections coming up in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
He urged the Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, not to entertain any fears over the forthcoming election, submitting that the governor had all it takes to defeat the All Progressives Congress in the December poll.
Speaking as the Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party National Electoral Panel, Fayose said the party was closely monitoring the activities of the INEC, adding that, “at the appropriate time its hidden agenda will be made public.
“I have complained very clearly about the choice of the INEC chairperson. Nobody can give us an INEC chairman that is his daughter or in-law. This is our country and nobody can run out of Nigeria.
“Therefore, we are watching INEC and its activities. We will not allow you to play pranks. This is an Ijaw state and so they are going nowhere. This is a PDP-controlled state. No hidden agenda will work in Bayelsa.”
Fayose told Dickson not to worry about the ranting of All Progressives Congress ahead of the election, describing him as a great fighter, who was assured of victory.
“In our place, it is one stone that scatters so many birds. Your (Dickson) stone will scatter their birds. I’ve worked with them before. I know their style and antics. So fear not.
“I am conducting this PDP primary in Bayelsa transparently in line with the PDP guidelines. I am not ready to dodge out of this stadium to run away. The truth will stand the test of time and speak for itself. You have won the battle already. This is not a party where they will do one primary today and cancel it tomorrow. In this our own, there will be no cancellation. This is an authority in Bayelsa.
“Nigeria respects my voice because I am not given to frivolities and propaganda. I am here to conduct an election that will stand the test of time.”
He described President Goodluck Jonathan as a true son of Africa, who “threw in the towel to save Nigeria. You gave us the relative peace we are enjoying. You remain a man after my heart. I am a governor that has no apology for supporting you. Everybody must remember that it is a virtue to be courageous to defend the truth.
“Jonathan is a man to be recognised in the whole world. He conducted an election that worked against his interest but he gave it up. Jesus Christ did exactly the same.”