I will chal­lenge Obasanjo’s re­ab­sorp­tion into PDP in court, Fayose warns

• Buhari be­came pres­i­dent in er­ror, Says Lamido

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Ay­o­dele Afo­labi, Ado Ek­iti

EK­ITI State Gov­er­nor, Ay­o­dele Fayose, has threat­ened to chal­lenge the re­ab­sorp­tion of for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo in court, if he de­cides to re­join the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

The gov­er­nor said that, un­like those beg­ging and plead­ing for him to re­turn to PDP, the for­mer pres­i­dent does not have any elec­toral value needed in the party.

Fayose stated this in Ado Ek­iti yes­ter­day dur­ing a visit of for­mer Gov­er­nor of Ji­gawa State, Sule Lamido to the state to con­fer with him on his pres­i­den­tial as­pi­ra­tion.

The gov­er­nor urged Nige­ri­ans not to vote any­body with mil­i­tary back­ground as pres­i­dent be­cause they bas­tardised the coun­try, not­ing that they are not politi­cians and their back­ground is un­demo­cratic.

Fayose de­scribed Lamido as em­i­nently qual­i­fied to be pres­i­dent of Nige­ria, say­ing he re­mains one of the few de­trib­alised Fu­lani lead­ers with ca­pac­ity and ex­po­sure to de­liver.

“I am among those that would con­tinue to cel­e­brate your con­tri­bu­tions to our coun­try. I be­lieve in Fu­lani peo­ple, every tribe has the good and the bad. You are one of the Fu­lani men that I know have the abil­i­ties to per­form.

“The mil­i­tary bas­tardised the sys­tem, they de­stroyed this coun­try, this is why Nige­ri­ans should stop vot­ing mil­i­tary men, they are not politi­cians.

“We lived in this coun­try and grew up to know that ev­ery­one from any tribe is our brother, but when the govern­ment fails, the na­tion fails. APC have no ca­pac­ity to lead our coun­try. “Some peo­ple say APC will rig elec­tion, but I tell them, God rules in the af­fairs of man. Power be­longs only to God almighty.

“Whether you call it pres­i­den­tial or vice pres­i­den­tial as­pi­ra­tion, all I know is that you will come to visit me in Aso Rock in 2019,” Fay ose vowed.

In his re­marks, Lamido, said Nige­ri­ans made a griev­ous mis­take by elect­ing Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari in the 2015 pres­i­den­tial poll.

Lamido, a chief­tain of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) and pres­i­den­tial as­pi­rant, said Nige­ria has never wit­nessed ha­tred and blood­shed across eth­nic and re­li­gious di­vides since in­de­pen­dence as be­ing wit­nessed un­der Buhari.

He ap­pealed to party lead­ers to form a strong al­liance against the APC in 2019, say­ing : “We can de­feat them eas­ily if we all share the same thought and pains as Nige­ri­ans are feel­ing now .”

He lauded Fay ose for his courage and crit­i­cism of the Buhari’s govern­ment, de­scrib­ing the gov­er­nor’s brav­ery as an im­pe­tus to the coun­try’s fledg­ing democ­racy and tonic that has been spurring the op­po­si­tion party ahead of the next year’s gen­eral elec­tion. “You are a man of courage and a man of char­ac­ter who is able to stand up for the peo­ple in spite of in­tim­i­da­tion. I re­spect you, I ad­mire you and like y ou a lot.

“In PDP, we were in power for 16 years, some­how we lost out, we should ask the ques­tion, where was Nige­ria be­fore PDP? The vi­sion of our found­ing fathers, like Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Aminu Kano, Ah­madu Bello and Tafawa Balewa.”

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