Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose says he has noting personal against Gen, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, still…
Fayose, involved in a series of scandalous claims directed at the former military Head of State, insisted he did not wish him any harm.
Speaking February 26 through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti, the governor responded to the criticism over his controversial statements.
According to Vanguard, the politician explained that his aim was to expose the hypocrisy of some APC leaders interested only in personal success.
“I am not wishing General Buhari dead, but the fact remains that he is too old to govern a complex country like Nigeria and we don’t want a president that will govern by proxy.”
He reinstated his belief that Buhari’s trip to London was in reality over health issues and said that his speech in Chatham House was only a cover-up. Moreover, the governor insisted that Chatham House lecture was a face-saving device to cover the true position of Buhari.
He also narrated how his committee did not recommend late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to Olusegun Obasanjo.
“I remember then as the ad hoc chairman of the PDP [Peoples Democratic Party] committee to shop for the presidential candidate to replace former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a crop of suitable, brilliant, healthy and competent northern politicians in the PDP were shortlisted by me for Obasanjo to pick from, but he overruled the list and asked me to contact the late Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua because he preferred him.
“In fairness to the late president, he objected to the offer on health ground, but Obasanjo insisted that he must be the president.
“I am not against the North, rather if Obasanjo had picked from the list of names submitted by my committee to him, certainly, a northerner, replacing Obasanjo would have ruled this country till 2015. As an insider who saw everything and who again have noticed the repeat of the episode of 2006, I must talk.
“There is nothing bad in allowing President Jonathan from the South to complete the two terms he is allowed constitutionally and in 2019, a real candidate from the North, not one manipulated by the South-West APC, will emerge to take over. These APC leaders operate in deceit, the well being of this country is secondary to them. The is the party that ruled Ekiti for just only four years and grounded the state with huge debts.
“That 2006 scenario is again being re-enacted with Obasanjo and APC leaders branding General Buhari to be the president of this country.”