Gov Fayose
Gov Fayose

Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications
and New Media, Lere Olayinka has described the All Progressives
Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief Odigie Oyegun, Deputy National
Chairman, Chief Segun Oni and others’ criticism of Governor Ayodele
Fayose’s letter to the Chinese government on the $2 billion loan
sought by the federal government as brazen display of political

He described President Buhari’s non-signing of any direct loan
agreement with the Chinese government during his visit as a
vindication of the governor’s position, maintaining that; “what
Nigeria needs is the collaboration of the Government of China in the
area of technology transfer, rather than granting loan that will be
mismanaged under the guise of building infrastructure.”

In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Monday, the governor’s
spokesperson said “people like Oyegun, Oni and Prof Itse Sagay lack
moral rights to complain even if President Mohammadu Buhari is called
whatever names because they never complained when as a sitting
president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan was called unprintable names by APC
stalwarts and leaders.”

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Olayinka, who said Governor Fayose only exercised his rights as a
Nigerian, asked; “where were the likes of Oyegun, Oni, Prof Itse Sagay
and others when APC promoted crude politics and anti-Nigeria posturing
to an unprecedented level when Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in

He said; “It is on record that APC wrote to the United States of
America not to sell arms to Nigeria, reported the country to the
European Union, United Nations and went to the bizarre extent of
reporting the then Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, to the
International Criminal Court (ICC), not for committing the kind of
genocide committed against the Shiite Muslims in Zaria and Agatus in
Benue, but for killing Boko Haram insurgents.

“On one occasion, a certain APC stalwart insinuated that Jonathan’s
visit to Chad was to plan further attacks on the North, tweeting that;
‘Boko Haram: Jonathan visits Chadian President Idris Deby for the
second time in two months, to plan further attacks?’

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“It is also on record that instead of lending his voice to the federal
government efforts to dislodge Boko Haram insurgents, President Buhari
opted to describe the clampdown on Boko Haram as injustice against the
North. He went on to accuse the government of killing and destroying
houses of Boko Haram insurgents while the Niger Delta militants were
given special treatment by the government.

“Even when Oni was Ekiti State Governor as a PDP member, Action
Congress (AC) as APC was then, wrote against his government move to
obtain a N5 billion loan. Isn’t it then funny that because he is now
in APC, the same Oni is now against Governor Fayose doing the same
thing done against him by the APC elements in Ekiti State?

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“Isn’t it also funny that in Oyegun, Oni, Sagay, others political
dictionary of hypocrisy, it was right for APC stalwart to have
reported the federal government to ICC but wrong for Fayose to have
written to the Chinese government on the federal government’s plan to
mortgage the future of Nigeria and its people?”

The governor’s spokesperson said since the federal government claimed
it has recovered and still recovering trillions of Naira allegedly
looted from the treasury, there was no need to borrow money from
anywhere to finance the 2016 Budget.

“With the $200 billion they claimed is coming from Dubai, $700 million
raw cash they said was found in Diezani Alison Madueke’s house, N3
trillion said to have been saved from the Treasury Single Account
(TSA) and N4.5 trillion the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) said
it will generate this year, what then is the rationale behind the
federal government seeking any loan?