Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) under the present All
Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government has demonstrated to
Nigerians that their votes will never be allowed to count any longer,
adding that; “INEC has become an extension of the APC and Aso Rock
Presidential Villa.”

Governor Fayose, who was answering questions on an Orange FM, Akure
programme on Tuesday, lamented that “democracy in Nigeria has suffered
a serious setback”, but added that “If the cabal in the APC led
federal government believed that they have defeated the People’s
Democratic Party (PDP) through their manipulation of the electoral
process, they should be reminded that they can never defeat the
people.”

He said; “This is not democracy. INEC said they did not recognise the
Ibadan primary election that produced Jimoh Ibrahim, now the same INEC
says he is the candidate. What is it that has changed?

“Isn’t it now safe to say that INEC was actually bribed $1m to allow
Jimoh Ibrahim to play the spoiler role that he is playing?

“Isn’t this development a vindication of my position that other
political parties and stakeholders are now contesting election against
INEC?”

The governor however urged the people not to lose hope despite what
he called the hanky panky in the judiciary, saying; “You cannot hide
behind a finger, this is a phase that will pass, 24 hours is a long
time in politics.”

The governor said INEC was now totally under Mrs Amina Zakari, whom he
said now acts as the managing director of what he called APC-INEC

Speaking on the $29.9 billion loan proposed by the federal government,
Governor Fayose said; “That $29.9 billion loan will ruin Nigeria
permanently.”

He said; “This government met $28.4 billion in our Foreign Reserve and
has depleted it to $24 billion.

“The same government that has reduced our foreign reserve to $24
billion is now going to borrow $29.9 billion when the country is
already indebted to the tune of $11 billion and it is servicing debt
with about 30 percent of its monthly income.

“If with $11 billion debt, 30 percent of the federal government income
is being used to service debt, how much will be used to service debt
when another $29.9 billion debt is added? How can Nigeria survive when
more than 75 percent of its income is being used to service debt?”

While reiterating his support for Mr Eyitayo Jegede as the PDP
candidate in Ondo State, Governor Fayose said; ” I am a member of PDP,
Olusola Oke is a friend and brother and someone I respect, it will
amount to anti-Party for me to come here and campaign for a member of
another party.”

On the federal government’s anti corruption war, Governor Fayose
described the EFCC as an irresponsible organization, saying; “EFCC is
not a responsible organisation, that’s why they try people on the
pages of newspapers.”


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