- Ayodele Fayose declared that he would defeat the ruling APC party as their performance so far had been lackluster
- He claimed the federal government was waging a war against the judiciary, the legislature and even the press
- He accused the Buhari-led government of disobeying court orders and refusing to release Dasuki and El-Zakzaky
President Muhammadu Buhari was on Wednesday, June 21, described as being anti-Ekiti by the governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose.
Fayose claimed the president made no budgetary provision for Ekiti in the 2017 appropriation law and vowed to contest in the 2019 presidential election.
According to reports, Fayose made his comments against the president at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti as he addressed a large crowd of supporters during a ceremony to commemorate the third anniversary of his victory in the gubernatorial election of June 21, 2014.
Fayose stated that the performance of the APC government had been lackluster so far and as such, the people of Ekiti would vote against the ruling party during the 2018 governorship election in the state.
The federal government was also accused of protecting ‘APC cronies’ from prosecution.
The crowd of supporters were mobilized by party leaders and they converged at the state house from all the state’s local government areas, many of them wearing a vest with the inscription ‘Continuity in 2018, Let’s Make it 16-0 Again’.
This was in reference to the 2014 election in which Fayose defeated the then incumbent governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi in all the 16 local government areas.
This led to the formulation of an acronym ’16-0’ in the PDP’s political slogan.
The crowd proceeded to the popular Old Garage after the governor’s address in a show of strength.
The Ekiti electorate were urged by the governor to register in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration, so that they would be able to ‘dismantle’ the APC in 2018.
In Fayose’s words: “The policy of Buhari’s government is anti-Ekiti.
“If you check properly, nothing was budgeted as a project for Ekiti in 2017 budget. That is why Nigeria must be restructured, so that a state can control its own resources.
“The APC-led federal government is fighting everybody, the judiciary and legislators as well as the press were not spared.
“They are running a lawless government and that was why they refused to release Col Bello Dasuki and El-ZakZaky despite court orders. This is not the kind of Nigeria of our dream.
“The APC will be upset in 2018, we will crush them and that is why you have to be strong and firm.
“I am a leader in Nigeria and nobody can gag or cow me, because this country belongs to all of us. Today, Nigerians are hungry and angry. There is so much nepotism and poverty in the land, so this government must go.
“This victory march is meant to thank the people of Ekiti State and to finally break down the wall of Jericho, because I know we shall triumph for I have the people behind me.
“After winning, I am going to Abuja to be President of Nigeria. I will take power from Buhari in 2019 and that shall come to pass”.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Ekiti state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) attacked governor Ayodele Fayose after the latter declared his ambition to take over the presidency in 2019.
The party insisted that Fayose's government is fraudulent and that he would dupe the people of his state by spending public money on his election.
The party also accused him of lying about how much he got from the first tranche of Paris Club refund which are given out to governors to offset salaries they owe workers.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video asking Nigerians who they would vote for in 2019 - Buhari or Fayose.