APC, CNPP, oth­ers stage pro-Buhari demon­stra­tion in Ado Ek­iti

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS -

Mem­bers of the APC and the Con­fer­ence of Nige­rian Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties (CNPP) as well as other in­ter­est groups yes­ter­day staged a peace­ful demon­stra­tion in Ado-Ek­iti in sup­port of the anti­graft cam­paign of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

The News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) re­ports that the demon­stra­tion was the sec­ond in two weeks in sup­port of the on-go­ing war against cor­rup­tion by the pres­i­dent.

The pro­test­ers also claimed to be demon­strat­ing against al­leged mis­place­ment of the state’s funds by the Ayo Fayose ad­min­is­tra­tion.

They de­scribed the re­cent freez­ing of the per­sonal ac­counts of Gov. Fayose in Zenith Bank as proper.

NAN re­ports that a large ret­inue of po­lice­men and of­fi­cers of the Depart­ment of State Se­cu­rity were de­ployed to pro­vide cover for the crowd that took part in the street demon­stra­tion.

The plac­ard-car­ry­ing pro­test­ers com­prised of party lead­ers, stu­dents, youth groups, ar­ti­sans and other res­i­dents.

They marched from the pop­u­lar Adekunle Fa­juyi park through Okey­inmi and stopped at Ijigbo Round-About where they were ad­dressed by lead­ers of each group.

In her mes­sage, the state Act­ing Chair­man of APC, Mrs Kemi Olal­eye, passed a vote of con­fi­dence in Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and his anti-cor­rup­tion war.

She chal­lenged the EFCC to fur­ther dig deep into the fi­nances of the state and pros­e­cute who­ever was in­dicted in the mis­man­age­ment of the state’s trea­sury. Olal­eye, how­ever, ex­pressed re­grets over the im­mu­nity clause pro­tect­ing gov­er­nors from prose­cu­tion.

“We are out on the streets be­cause we are tired of im­mu­nity clause, im­mu­nity has be­come im­punity in Ek­iti, we con­demn cor­rupt prac­tices in what­ever form.”

Also speak­ing, CNPP State Chair­man, Mr Tunji Ogun­lola, asked Fayose to waive his im­mu­nity and face prose­cu­tion over al­leged in­volve­ment in a N4.7 bil­lion arms deal.

“On the is­sue of the Ek­iti State House of As­sem­bly, we ask the 17 mem­bers al­leged to have fal­si­fied their cer­tifi­cates to also sub­mit them­selves for prose­cu­tion.

“It is very un­for­tu­nate that their pri­mary roles have been aban­doned for Fayose’s de­fence.

“We also plead with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment not to re­lease bailout fund for pay­ment of salaries to Gov Fayose again.

“We ad­vise that the Fed­eral Min­istry of Fi­nance should rather pay di­rectly into work­ers’ ac­counts.” (NAN)

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