Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose has
congratulated and commended Nigerians for the courage to stand against
what he described as “gun-point democracy,” describing the victory of
President Muhammadu Buhari in the last Saturday’s presidential
election as one which was secured “at the barrel of the gun” and
deserving no celebration by the winner.
Fayose, who reacted in a statement on Wednesday, by his Media Aide,
Lere Olayinka, said; “Rather than a word of congratulation to
President Buhari, who will be leading our country against our wish as
a nation, Nigerians are the ones who deserved to be praised for their
He described the roles played by the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) and security agencies in the election as shameful,
saying “their inordinate and inglorious desire to deprive Nigerians of
a credible leadership was made manifest from the start.”
The former governor said the brazen manner in which the election was
conducted and “won” further played out the reason Justice Walter
Onnoghen was removed as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
He said; “At the barrel of the gun, today, Nigerians are cowed and
captured evidently by the non-celebration of this Pyrrhic victory by
anyone in Nigeria except those who hoped to benefit directly from it,
which is characteristics of a thief that came in the night to deprive
residents of their belongings, leaving them in anguish and nightmare.
“This election will remain in the annals of our history as a nation as
a bare-faced rape on democracy.
“Rather than celebrating today, Nigerians, especially those whose
loved ones were brutally murdered for a cabal to sustain their hold on
the country are moody and sad. However, in their quiet moment, they
are consoled with the fact that no one can attain everlasting joy by
subjecting others to perpetual sorrow.
“Definitely, the blood of those innocent Nigerians that were murdered
just to actualize this inordinate ambition will speak justice on the
heads of the perpetrators and beneficiaries of the killings and also
speak better things for our tomorrow, having paid the supreme prize.”
While reiterating his avowed commitment to the defense of the
oppressed in the country, the former governor said; “As already known,
I am not afraid of arrest and detention. I have been persecuted and
still being persecuted because of my stand on national issues and I
will remain undaunted.
“Let me therefore commend Nigerians and tell them that they should
note lose hope because help will come someday.
“As for the President; no victory songs for him, he should rather
begin a soul-searching, constantly asking himself why he opted to drag
Nigeria and its democracy back to the FEDECO years of 1979 and 1983 in
which votes were merely allocated to candidates.”