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Let Jonathan Be, Fayose Tells Obasanjo

Posted: Jul 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Valentine Amanze, Lagos


Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, on Monday, July 20, 2015, urged former President,

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to stop attacking the immediate past

President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, saying; “Dr Goodluck Jonathan is no

longer the president of Nigeria, he should be allowed to live a

private life devoid of mudslinging from elder statesmen like Chief


Fayose said that he was miffed that Obasanjo

could choose the 11th Convocation Lecture of Benson Idahosa University

(BIU), Benin, Edo State, to say that “performance of Jonathan while in

office will hunt the people of the South-South region for a long time to come.”

The governor through his Special Assistant

on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka,

said that the people of the South South had already demonstrated their

approval of Jonathan’s performance while in office by voting

overwhelmingly for him on March 28, 2015, despite the gang-up orchestrated by

Obasanjo and his allies.

“Most importantly, Jonathan’s performance as a democrat has been widely acknowledged locally and internationally, particularly by

President Mohammadu Buhari, who on many occasions acknowledged the role he (Jonathan) played in midwifing a peaceful and successful

transition programme, thereby averting the feared crisis in the country.

“This is in contrast to Baba Obasanjo, who tried third term when he

was about concluding his constitutional two terms. And who knows

whether he would have tried fourth term if he had succeeded with his

third term agenda?

“The reality is, assuming but not conceding that Jonathan performed

below expectation, democratic governance that he established in

Nigeria is more important than any other performance that Obasanjo

alluded to,” the governor said.

Besides, Fayose urged Obasanjo to stop running other

Nigerians down, saying; “We are all stakeholders in the country

Nigeria. It is wrong for any Nigerian no matter how highly placed to

go about carrying himself around as the only honest and lover of the


The governor said, “Since Baba Obasanjo has openly destroyed his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) membership card, he is free to go about

seeking relevance in the All Progressives Congress (APC) without running anyone down.”

He said that people living in glass houses should avoid throwing stones,

adding that Nigerians know those involved in the Halliburton scandal and people who are yet to be cleared of their alleged complicity in a

scam like Halliburton lacked moral rights to brand other people as