Buhari Tells Fayose, Your 2014 Election Was A Scam
President Muhammadu Buhari says the 2014 Ekiti State governorship election which produced Governor Ayodele Fayose, was full of “hanky-panky”.
The President said this while hosting members of the APC South-West caucus to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
While describing the exercise as unfortunate, Buhari urged the leaders to do everything possible to ensure the APC reclaims the state from the Peoples Democratic Party.
He also called on the party leaders to ensure that the will of the Ekiti people is not subverted.
“This is crucial because I remember the hanky-panky that attended the last gubernatorial election in Ekiti State in 2014. I recall the firsthand account I received from some of the dramatis personae in that unfortunate saga,” Buhari said.
“We must do everything to ensure that we do not allow any subversion of the will of the people this time round.
“Now that the primary is over and we have a candidate, all hands must be on deck to achieve a positive result.
“I know Ekiti fairly well and Ekiti people are well known for their forthrightness, candour and integrity. All of these values seem to have been lost and we must restore these values and return Ekiti to its pride of place in the comity of states.
“As we approach the 2019 elections, the return of Ekiti into the fold of progressive states is important as the election of July 2014 is going to be a key pointer to subsequent elections.
“On my part, let me reassure you that you can count on my support. But charity must begin at home. I urge Ekiti leaders and the leaders from the South-West to take this assignment seriously so that the APC can laugh last in the July election. It is only then that we will all be beneficiaries of victory.
“Let us return to the field to work hard and deliver victory to our great party.”
Among those at the dinner included Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, National Leader of the APC and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, and the National Chairman of APC, John Odigie-Oyegun.
All aspirants that contested the party ticket in Ekiti State with the winner, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, were also present at the dinner.
Governors at the meeting included Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, who was the chairman of APC Ekiti Guber primaries committee.
Some members of the National Assembly, Ministers and stakeholders from the South West were also in attendance.