Ekiti Guber: It’s Not Over Yet — Fayose

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EkitigateAdo-Ekiti – Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has assured his supporters and the people of the state that the governorship election which took place in the state on Saturday was not yet over.

Fayose said he would laugh last even though the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Deputy Governor, Prof Kolapo Olusola, lost the election, according to the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The governor also alleged that what played out last Saturday portrayed President Muhammadu Buhari as lacking in democratic credentials.

He was reacting to a statement by the president’s media aide, Mallam Garba Shehu, entitled, ‘Fayose: In the End, a High-Powered Nothing.’

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti, on Monday, the governor said if Buhari were a democrat, he would not have supported a situation where the will of the people was subverted through the use of brutal force.

“President Muhammadu Buhari should not be happy and applaud this situation whereby the police, army, civil defence, and INEC were used to snatch the collective mandate freely given to the People’s Democratic Party candidate, Professor Kolapo Olusola, and delivering it to the All Progressives Congress candidate which Ekiti people rejected.

“Can you call that election? Of course, not. It was a contest between Olusola and the INEC and security agencies.

“There was indiscriminate arrest of our party leaders, harassment and brutalisation of voters in a massive scale, especially in Ado Ekiti, Ikere and other areas.

“The thugs imported by the APC operated freely under the cover of security agencies to snatch ballot boxes, create confusion, cause mayhem, and drive away voters in PDP strongholds. Our party agents were driven away with guns.

“Buhari has demonstrated truly that he is not a democrat, but a dictator who is yet to get over military mentality.”

“I am Peter Ayodele Fayose, I hold my head high. I can never be suppressed.

“I don’t lose battles and I will not lose this. I will laugh last.

“Those waiting for me will wait in vain. They should remember what the prophet said to that heady king in the Bible, which applies to them – ‘He that wears the armour should not boast as he that removes it’,” Fayose said.

He added: “It is only Buhari that will pride himself with the security shooting sporadically at polling centres, scaring people to pave the way for the APC thugs to snatch ballot boxes.

“What Buhari has won as a referendum from Ekiti people, Nigerians, and the international community is a shame. If APC has truly won, why is it that there is no jubilation in Ekiti?

“The victory of Kayode Fayemi is pyrrhic. We will reclaim the stolen mandate in the court by the power of God.”

On Mallam Shehu, the governor said the media aide, being a fair weather friend, would soon desert his current paymasters.

His words: “Garba Shehu was in the presidency courtesy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for eight years and came back for this current dispensation, still courtesy Abubakar.

“Now, he has abandoned the person who brought him to the limelight.

“This is not surprising. When he was the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors during the regime of General Sani Abacha, he wined and dined with the maximum ruler.

“He would go under the cover of darkness to collect money purportedly for editors, but everybody knew what he did then. Nigerians are waiting to nail him in the end.”

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