The Ekiti State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused Mr. Ayodele Fayose, the Governor of Ekiti State, of funding the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader Nnamdi Kanu.
According to the APC, Fayose’s plan was to destabilize Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari watch.
This accusation is coming just the same day when the federal government accused IPOB and its leader, Kanu, of being sponsored by politically disgruntled individuals and treasury looters.
The statement was issued by Taiwo Olatunbosun, the Publicity Secretary of the Ekiti State APC on Sunday.
Olatunbosun noted that the Nigerian Army performed its constitutional role of preserving the unity of Nigeria and brining all secessionists to justice.
Following Operation Python Dance II and the declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organization, Fayose had urged the federal government embrace dialogue in the resolution of the issue.
Olatunbosun said that Fayose’s utterances show that he was “solidly behind any activity that will bring Nigeria down.”
“On April 26 and as published by The Nigerian Tribune Newspaper and its online publication on April 27, 2017, Fayose said he was working in conjunction with Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to raise funds for Kanu, stressing that he was taking his support for Kanu beyond showing solidarity in court by raising funds that would be deposited in an account opened in Kanu’s name,” he alleged.
Olatunbosun quoted Fayose as saying that “as many lawyers willing to fight the oppression should join the struggle for liberation from the oppression,” alleging that Mr. Fayose was not new to seditious and treasonable activities to bring Nigeria down.
“He led a campaign to the Chinese Embassy in Abuja and later to Shanghai, the Chinese capital, to urge the Chinese government not to lend hands in helping Nigeria out of recession,” continued Mr. Olatunbosun.
“Relentlessly, he led hate campaigns against the symbol of the Nigerian authority, President Muhammadu Buhari, wishing him dead, including hounding and haunting the President across the world, including on his sick bed, and threatening to expose the President on a life-support machine, all these in spite of swearing to uphold the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to be loyal to the Nigerian state and her President.
“He went further as reported in the media on May 25, 2017 that ‘Ekiti State is now part of Biafra’, which drew the ire of several Yoruba groups as reported in the media.
“Not done, while Nigerians and indeed the country’s leaders were celebrating Nigeria’s exit from recession, Fayose was the only governor across the country who dismissed the celebration as a ruse, maintaining that Nigeria was still in a deep economic mess even though in his state, he is the biggest stumbling block to the survival of Ekiti people by diverting all loans he took to pay workers salary to needless projects contracts awarded to his friends’ companies in which he allegedly has interest.”
He alleged further that when Fayose provided his telephone number (07030000393) and email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), he demonstrated the seriousness of his support for IPOB and Kanu, adding that he urged all those who were interested in the Biafra cause to contact him through the phone number and email.
“All the South-east governors, including the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, have opposed Kanu in his secessionist activities while Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has warned Kanu and IPOB to stay away from Rivers; but Fayose declared Ekiti State as part of Biafra and that has confirmed the report that he is part of Biafra’s financiers as he had publicly declared to the media,” Olatunbosun said.
“No wonder, just four months after Fayose started mobilising funds for Biafra, thousands of deadly weapons, including military assault rifles, were smuggled into the country but were intercepted by the Nigerian Customs while it was also discovered that uniformed Biafran militants already have military training camps where they are planning deadly assaults against Nigeria after threatening her leaders.
“We had earlier alerted the security agencies to the presence of armed gangs and stockpiling of arms in the Ekiti State Government House and his present activities in raising funds for Kanu only confirm that he is part of rebellion against the Nigerian state.
“We have always insisted that Fayose is a threat to the Nigeria’s unity and the economic survival of her people.”
He further urged security agencies to investigate Fayose and the latest influx of military assault rifles into Nigeria.
“His support for Kanu in funds mobilisation for his treasonable act and the activities of Fayose’s media men in promoting the Biafran cause only point to one agenda to destabilise Nigeria and that has proved us right that Fayose has no agenda than the destabilisation of Nigeria to enable him escape all illegal and criminal activities linked to him in recent past,” he added.
Governor Fayose has however violently denied the allegations, saying that his support for the group did in no way translate into funding of IPOB.
According to Idowu Adelusi, Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, APC’s recent allegations was an attempt to “cover up the federal government’s torture and killing of the Igbo people,” adding that “the attack by the military on the IPOB should be a concern for all Nigerians.”
“The people are expressing their fundamental rights. Their demands are legitimate.”
He noted that the accusation about raising funds for Kanu and IPOB was a ploy by the federal government to justify its wrongdoings and silent the opposition.
“The agitation of the IPOB is as a result of bad governance by the present administration,” Mr. Adelusi told Premium Times.
“If there was good governance, there would not have been any need for the agitations; there would not have been calls for restructuring by the Niger Delta agitators, Afenifere and other groups.”