Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described President
Mohammadu Buhari’s swift reaction to the recent political violence in
Rivers State as part of the All Progressives Congress (APC) plot to
rig the rerun elections slated for this week Saturday in the State,
saying; “any attempt to clampdown on members of the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) in Rivers State under the guise of stemming the tide of
political violence in the State will be counter-productive.”

The governor, who decried the reported violence in Rivers State and
other States in the country, said; “Only a president with ulterior
political motives will elevate political violence above the kind of
genocide carried out by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State.”

He said the entire people of Nigeria know that Rivers State and the
entire South South belong to the PDP, adding that; “Having failed in
the court to steal the States from the PDP, Buhari and his APC want to
use violence and intimidation. But they should know that even if they
relocate Aso Rock Presidential Villa and the APC National Secretariat
to Rivers State on Saturday, they will be roundly defeated.”

Governor Fayose, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public
Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said it was strange that
the same President Buhari who did not utter a word until over 400
Agatu people of Benue State were murdered swiftly reacted to the
reported political violence in Rivers State from faraway Malabo,
Equatorial Guinea.

The governor said; “In Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State,
Fulani herdsmen allegedly killed over 400 people, including children
and pregnant women, destroyed more than ten villages; President Buhari
did not raise his voice against this genocide until I condemned his

“Also in Mile 12, Lagos, 15 persons, including two children were
killed with property worth several millions of Naira destroyed during
a clash between Hausa and Yoruba; President Buhari did not give the
security services any clear directives to deal decisively with anyone.

“Even though one is not against any action of the government aimed at
curbing violence of whatever form, but it is pertinent to ask the
President whether or not killing of Nigerians should only attract his
attention when it involves elections.

“From all indications, the President’s reaction to the reported
violence in Rivers State is part of the grand plot to rig the rerun
elections holding in the State on Saturday, but the President must
know that the people of Rivers State will not be cowed into allowing
Abuja to impose leaders on them.

“Buhari and his APC should be reminded of the level of violence they
unleashed on PDP members and supporters during the governorship
election in Bayelsa State, in which several souls were lost. Yet, PDP
still won and Rivers State will not be an exception.

 “Most importantly, if the President is serious about dealing with
perpetrators of violence, he should first deal with those Fulani
herdsmen who admitted that they murdered children and pregnant women
in Agatu villages of Benue State because 10,000 of their cattle were
allegedly killed by people of the area.

“The president must first deal decisively with those who confessed to
have killed over 400 Nigerians, including pregnant women and children
to revenge alleged killing of cows before he can be taken seriously on
his decision to deal decisively with all sponsors of violence in
Rivers State.”