GOVERNOR Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s involvement in the meeting with President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia, to persuade him to concede defeat.
Buhari on Tuesday, December 13, visited the Gambia with ECOWAS leaders to prevail on Jammeh to step down from the leadership of the country after he was defeated in the presidential election held on December 1, by Adama Barrow, his major opponent.
He had congratulated Barrow and promised a smooth hand-over only to make a u-turn.
But Fayose, reacting to Buhari’s visit to the Gambia in a statement on Wednesday, December 14, described the intervention of the Nigerian president in the conflict resolution as an aberration.
Speaking through a signed release by Lere Olayinka, his special assistant on public communications and new Media, the governor said a man like Buhari under whose free, fair and credible elections no longer exist lacked moral rights to preach obedience to democratic principles to anyone.
He said Buhari, who lost election three times and never conceded lacked the mediation skills to resolve the Gambai political crisis, adding that such task should be left for great Africans like former President Goodluck Jonathan, President John Mahama of Ghana and others who have lost elections and conceded defeat.
Fayose similarly accused the Buhari administration of desperately moving Nigeria from a multi-party democracy to a one party state. He said: “With what happened in Rivers State last weekend, it is certain that votes of Nigerians will no longer be allowed to count as the APC cabal in the Presidential villa has now assumed the roles of INEC, allocating votes to their party and using security agents to force their will on the people.
“Did President Buhari face Jammeh and advised him to accept defeat the way he (Buhari) conceded defeat in 2003, 2007 and 2011 when violence was instigated and several people, including Youths were killed.”
“Corp members were killed? Or did Buhari lecture Jammeh to take to democracy at gunpoint, which is now the norm in Nigeria?”
“How can Buhari, who has destroyed the legacy of free, fair and credible elections that was handed over to him, be the one to prevail on someone else to adhere to democratic principles?”
Fayose advised Buhari to first remove the timber in his eyes before attempting to remove the toothpicks in other peoples’ eyes.
Nevertheless, the governor faulted Jammeh for reneging on his initial promise to accept defeat, but said the involvement of Buhari in the meeting to persuade him to step down was the height of hypocrisy.
Fayose also raised the possibility of Buhari behaving like Jammeh in 2019 after he must have been defeated.
He said when that occurs, the international community may need a high-powered delegation to get Buhari to concede defeat.
— Dec 14, 2016 @ 15:50 GMT