Fayemi to Sambo: Your com­ments on Ek­iti elec­tions un­be­com­ing of a vice pres­i­dent

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Andrew Agbese

Gover­nor Kay­ode Fayemi of Ek­iti State has come down heav­ily on Vice Pres­i­dent Na­madi Sambo for his com­ments on the forth­com­ing gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tions in Ek­iti and Osun States say­ing the state­ment was un­for­tu­nate and it re­duces the im­por­tance of the of­fice of the vice pres­i­dent.

Fayemi who gave the re­ac­tion while speak­ing with news­men over the weekend, said Sambo’s state­ment that the two states have be­come war fronts due to the elec­tion, was un­pa­tri­otic and can only be com­pared in terms of sever­ity, with the do-or-die pol­i­tics of for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo.

Sambo had while in­au­gu­rat­ing the cam­paign com­mit­tee for Ek­iti and Osun States in Abuja, de­scribed the two states as war fronts that of­fer the PDP op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­cap­ture the states.

Fayemi said only a re­trac­tion of the state­ment by the Vice Pres­i­dent, would as­sure Nige­ri­ans that the pres­i­dency is not all out to use ev­ery means to ma­nip­u­late the elec­tion in favour of the PDP.

“The Vice Pres­i­dent has ev­ery right to push for his party in any elec­tion. That is his le­git­i­mate right but to have said what the me­dia re­ported him to have pur­port­edly said was quite un­for­tu­nate, be­cause we are not at war in Ek­iti.

“We have seen three and a half years of peace - one of the most peace­ful states in this coun­try to­day. So for some­body who oc­cu­pies one of the high­est of­fices in the land as our Vice Pres­i­dent, to re­duce the im­por­tance of his of­fice and pro­mote in­se­cu­rity - ei­ther di­rectly or by sub­terfuge, I think the Vice Pres­i­dent re­ally ought to with­draw the state­ment and re­as­sure Nige­ri­ans that the agenda for Ek­iti elec­tion is not go­ing to be de­ter­mined in Aso Rock but by Ek­iti people.”

The Gover­nor also con­demned the al­leged role played by min­is­ter of state for de­fence, Mus­liu Obanikoro in the re­cent by elec­tion in Ondo State.

“All of us also saw what hap­pened at Ilaje - Ese Odo and the role played by a min­is­ter of govern­ment who does not even come from the state, has no re­spon­si­bil­ity in the state. In any de­cent govern­ment Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro would have been asked to leave by now. Be­cause if you do any­thing that flies fla­grantly in the eyes of the law - the INEC law is very clear,” he said.

He called on the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) to send ‘very strong sig­nal’ to Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan that it would not take kindly to such in­ter­fer­ences by min­is­ters.

The gover­nor ad­vised against any at­tempt to rig the Ek­iti gu­ber elec­tion say­ing the his­tory of the state has shown that the con­se­quences are not al­ways palat­able.

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