..urges former PDPD members to return to party
Sam Oluwalana, Ibadan
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described President
Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as a ”chop-i- chop government of settlement”.
The loquacious Governor also said that the President’s promise to members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will be expanded to
bring in more supporters of the APC as appointees as a sad development.
The governor, who also called on those who left the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) for the APC to return to the party, pointed out that the
statement made by the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs
Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd) that “the ruling APC could not
fulfilled its promises because more than fifty percent of the
positions in Buhari’s government are being held by members of the PDP
who fought against the actualisation of a Buhari Presidency”, was a
direct and clear way of telling those who left PDP for the APC that
they were sojourning in a land where they are seen as strangers.
In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, by his Special
Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka,
Governor Fayose said “since those who manipulated votes for President
Buhari, especially in the north had already been settled, with our
collective wealth, it appears that it is now the turn of those they
believed will assist them to retain power in 2019.”
Governor Fayose said it was sad that while our people were still
facing the heat of the economic recession brought about by President
Buhari’s cluelessness, with foodstuffs and drugs out of the reach of
ordinary Nigerians, the President was only concerned with settling his
“If the President Buhari could acknowledge that he had been working
with a trimmed cabinet to avoid waste, one wonders the improvement
that he has brought to bear on the country’s economy to warrant his
new decision to expand the Federal Executive Council to bring in more
supporters of the APC and settle the party members with other federal
appointments,” the governor said.
On Col. Hameed Ali’s comment that PDP members were holding 50 percent
in Buhari’s government, Governor Fayose said; “Even though the PDP is
already emerging stronger from its 2015 electoral misfortune, we won’t
mind having our members who left for the APC back in our party.
“Going by Col. Ali’s comment, those who do not belong to President
Buhari’s original platform, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)
are seen as strangers in the Buhari-led government.
“Buhari’s men do not want anyone else, apart from those with whom they
ran CPC and that has been reiterated by Col Ali, a close ally of the
President. What remains to be done by those Col. Ali referred to as
reasons the APC government of Buhari has failed is for them to summon
courage and return to where they were before they moved to the APC.”