•Asks PDP ex-members in APC to return home
•Rejig your anti-corruption team, HURIWA tells President
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime as a “chop-I-chop” government.
This was contained in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, in Ado Ekiti yesterday.
Fayose flayed Buhari’s promise to members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) would be expanded to bring in more party supporters.
He said: “Since those who manipulated votes for Buhari, especially in the north have already been settled with our collective wealth, it appears that it is now the turn of those they believe would assist them to retain power in 2019.”
The governor also called on those who left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC to return, adding that they were strangers in the ruling party.
He buttressed his point with a statement by the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd).
According to Ali: “The ruling APC could not fulfil its promises because more than 50 per cent of the positions in Buhari’s government are being held by members of the PDP, who fought against the actualisation of a Buhari Presidency.”
He stressed that it was sad that the president was only concerned about settling his party members, while the people were facing economic recession.
He added that the downturn was caused by Buhari’s cluelessness, with foodstuffs and drugs out of the reach of ordinary Nigerians.
Meanwhile, a pro-democracy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig his anti-corruption team for greater efficiency.
A statement by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, made this appeal in Abuja yesterday.
The group urged Buhari to sack the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami and the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Lawal Daura.
According to the group, the three officials constitute obstacles to the fight against corruption. HURIWA stated the call became necessary following recent developments, including the media release by Magu that a cabal bought some houses abroad in his name.
The group expressed concern that the president had not taken decisive steps to clear the barriers to his administration’s anti-graft crusade.
HURIWA told Buhari that Nigerians were tired of hearing too many cock-and-bull stories from key office holders in his administration.
It said the situation was more worrisome as the mandate given to these officials was to support government in the fight against corruption.