Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State in a recent statement said that the continued detention of Ex-Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State and Ex-Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State is because of their ambitions to run for the 2019 presidential election.
According to his statement which was issued by his aide, Mr. Lere Olayinka, Fayose said that the action was being perpetrated by the APC cabal.
“It appears that the cabal in the APC led government that is holding Nigerians to ransom want their candidate to contest the 2019 election unopposed,” he said.
“Obviously, that is the reason for the arrest and detention of former Governor of Niger State, Dr Babangida Aliyu and Alhaji Lamido who have shown interest in the presidency.” He added
According to Fayose, the reason given by the police for Lamido’s detention was childish and ridiculous.
“If a former governor is arrested and incarcerated for what they called incitement, what should the police have done to those Fulani herdsmen that have killed thousands of Nigerians across the country?” he asked.
“With the arrest of Alhaji Lamido, the detention of former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan since February this year and the arrest and detention of Dr Babangida Aliyu, it is becoming clearer that these APC people will only contest election against themselves in 2019.
“It will even be unnecessary to continue to fund the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since they don’t want anyone to contest the 2019 presidential election against their party.
“The APC cabal can as well proscribe INEC and declare their party the perpetual
ruler of Nigeria instead of wasting money on conduct of elections.”
However, President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, in his reaction noted that Fayose was only trying to draw attention to himself and should be ignored.
“He is only seeking relevance and drawing attention to himself,” Mr. Ojudu said.
“It think he should be ignored.” He added