The governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Peter Fayose has urged the people of Ekiti State not to vote for the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Kayode Fayemi in the forthcoming gubernatorial polls in the state scheduled for July 14.
According to the outspoken governor, voting for Fayemi is tantamount to inviting killer herdsmen into the state. He urged them to learn from the daily killings taking place in some APC-controlled states.
According to a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Fayose made the remarks while addressing teachers, local government workers and civil servants in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
He lamented that since the killings started, the Buhari-led federal government has been unable to do anything meaningful to curtail them and that the governors of the affected states were being careful of offending the presidency.
“We all can see how the herdsmen have continued to daily kill, maim and rape innocent citizens. Even toddlers are not spared.
“In Zamfara State for instance, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, recently said he was resigning as the Chief Security Officer of his state. The truth is that the governors know what to do but cannot do it because they don’t want to offend the Presidency.
He said, “In Benue, burial of people killed by the herdsmen has become a daily occurrence. Many communities have been deserted and people now live in IDPs camps and the governor has resigned to fate because it is an APC state.
“When the killer herdsmen invaded the farm of Chief Olu Falae, setting it ablaze, the governor couldn’t do anything because he did not want to offend the Presidency that helped him to power.
“In Kaduna, another APC state, the killer herdsmen and bandits are slaughtering the people like fowl and the government can not stop it. This is for you to know that there is no APC-controlled state where the herdsmen have not become terror to the people.”
Fayose asked, “is this kind of situation you want in Ekiti?. Of course, the answer is No. I am very sure people can now see the difference between the PDP government and the APC. The PDP was in power for 16 years and the security never became so moribund as it is now under the Buhari administration. The government is now noted for condemning but cannot stop the killings. Only insensitive people will vote APC.
“The APC-controlled Federal Government has succeeded in producing more widows, and orphans in three years of its existence than 58 years of Nigeria’s existence as a nation. Not even during the Nigerian civil war was this figure recorded.”
The Governor told the people that he did not want Ekiti to become another state of widows and orphans, and urged them to reject the APC at the polls.
He said, “The incursion of the herdsmen into the state to destroy farmlands and kill the people have been checked by my administration The APC government is not what you should welcome at all. If you allow APC to come and govern Ekiti State, you would have just invited to the state killers, rapists and plunderers of our commonwealth.
“If this happens, Fayemi, who believes it is the rigging of polls by the Presidency that can make him governor, would not do anything that can upset the Presidency,” he said.