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Fayose To Buhari: Don’t Impose State of Emergency on Rivers, Ekiti State

Posted: Mar 21, 2016 at 3:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, yesterday condemned the violence that marred the legislative rerun polls in Rivers State but dismissed any attempt by the federal government to impose emergency rule on Rivers and Ekiti as unworkable.

The governor spoke against the background of reports that some federal lawmakers met with President Buhari to discuss the issue and also the invasion of Ekiti House of Assembly by federal security agents who have detained one of the lawmakers.

?Addressing journalists on the sidelines of the National Economic Council (NEC) retreat in Abuja, Fayose argued that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had always won rerun polls ordered by the courts, so what happened in Rivers State over the weekend was just an ego trip by persons believed to possess federal might.

“I want to condemn the election in Rivers State. I want to condemned its militarisation.? In Ekiti election, nobody was slapped, nobody died, the person defeated congratulated the winner, do we now call this Rivers election Rivers of Bloodgate??
“There was peaceful election in Ekiti and then this in Rivers, the military has got no business in our elections. I want to say that if you watch the trend, PDP has always won all the elections after the annulment.

“This means what happened in Rivers is just a service of ego of some individuals who believe they have Nigeria in their pockets; they can call the president at will to deploy the military and it is unfortunate that somebody will allow the military to kill his own people.

“I strongly condemn the elections in Rivers and charge that we sustain the legacy of transparent elections.

“For me in Ekiti, we learned from that and we are prepared. We prepare for election everyday and we are fully prepared.”

On the possible declaration of state of emergency in Rivers, the governor declared that “they have been insinuating that too in Ekiti. We have been waiting for them. Power has gone beyond the leaders, power has gone back to the people. There certain things leaders will do today, you will eat it tomorrow.

“You want to declare state of emergency? Declare it and we will tell you that the state of emergency will not work too. This country belongs to all of us.

“And for the people detained in EFCC, it shows the rascality of the agency of government; for the federal government to look away and allow innocent Nigerians’ rights to be taken away. I condemn it.