The Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Prince Buruji Kashamu has condemned what he called the readiness of the Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, to latch on to “any and every issue” to “run his mouth against” President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that the Governor’s action “has become predictable, monotonous and childish”.
He spoke in reaction to Fayose’s recent comment over the alleged sealing off of the office of the immediate past governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso, by the police, wondering why Fayose will drag the President’s name into the matter.
Media reports had it that the police recently sealed off Kwakwanso’s office in Kano where his supporters were believed to be planning to stage a mass wedding. Fayose reacted to this by saying: “When they invaded the Akwa Ibom State Government House with armed men of the Department of State Security (DSS), I raised alarm then and I did warn that Nigeria was being returned to 1984 when President Buhari ruled the country like a maximum ruler.
“When I said Nigerians irrespective of their political parties should rise in condemnation of the President Buhari’s government emerging dictatorship, many of our friends in the APC opted to keep silent. Some even hailed the Department of State Security (DSS) when the service invaded the Ekiti State House of Assembly and abducted a member of the House.”
But in a statement issued on Friday in Lagos, Kashamu averred that Fayose lacked the temperament and credentials to counsel anyone on democracy and the Rule of Law, noting that “it was common knowledge that Kwakwanso and his successor, the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje have some political differences which bother on ego and leadership of the APC in the state even while they are members of the same party”.
The lawmaker went on to say: “Now, how does that concern the President? It was too cheap for Fayose to latch on that to run his mouth against the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. His constant bashing of the President on any and every issue or incident has become predictable, monotonous and childish.
“It is high time he realized that the elections are over and the President is the leader of all. If anyone seeks to denigrate him, he is not just rubbishing the symbol of our sovereignty but the entire country and its people.
“Like I have often said some of those making the noise are doing so for selfish reasons. Fayose was the loudest in criticizing the Federal Government’s anti-corruption until it was revealed that he benefitted from the arms fund and got a lot of kickbacks from contracts in Ekiti State. The need to launder his squalid image is understandable but a pot does not get scrubbed clean of soot because it is audacious enough to call a kettle black.”
The lawmaker urged Nigerians to continue the push for the abolition of immunity clause so that all those found to have looted our commonwealth can face the consequences of their action, stressing that “Immunity clause should not be used as a shield for delinquents in executive positions.”
The statement reads in part, “It is said that the law of equity is the law of conscience and those who seek equity must do equity. To be an advocate for other people’s rights, you must yourself guarantee and respect the rights of others. Fayose’s posture as a latter-day human rights activist and advocate for the Rule of Law distorts the authenticity of civil rights advocacy because his political trail is muddied by his inglorious acts of lawlessness, impunity and flagrant disregard for the Rule of Law and democracy.
“His crass lawlessness, impunity and flagrant disregard for democracy and the Rule of Law are at the roots of the leadership crisis rocking the PDP instead of the pretence that the Federal Government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are behind it. They have their own issues which they are addressing and so do not have time for our intra-party wrangling.”
“The nation will not forget how he belligerently hampered the courts in Ekiti State when some persons instituted a matter against him at the Ekiti State High Court in the build up to his election in 2014.
“Many of his benefactors and indigenes of Ekiti State are still squirming from the sting of his high-handedness and betrayal.
“You cannot give what you do not have and a man who is himself guilty of a human rights violation, lawlessness and impunity cannot become a judge, jury and crusader for any advocacy for the sanctity of the law. He is merely playing to the gallery,” it added.