Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has explained why he attended the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to the governor, his belief in ensuring justice for all irrespective of where one hails from is the reason why he was in court with Kanu. He also promised to attend the trials of the Ex-National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and the Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
Fayose in his statement as quoted by Mr. Idowu Adelusi, his Chief Press Secretary, said that he would never support a situation whereby court orders, rulings and judgments are ignored by the government.
“The Federal Government are the ones making Kanu a hero. Anywhere in the world, agitation is normal. In the United Kingdom, there is agitation in Northern Ireland, even, United Kingdom itself is agitating in Europe. Let people agitate for whatever reason as long as it is constitutional. I am not in support of the break up of Nigeria. But when court grants bail to people, release them and allow them to attend their trials from home.
“I have no personal relationship with Kanu but I have been consistent in drawing attention of Nigerians to the trend of not regarding court orders and rulings by the present Federal Government. I am from the North, East, West and South of this country. I am a complete and detribalised Nigerian. I will attend the trial of Dasuki and El-Zakzaky too. Courts in the land and even ECOWAS Court directed that Dasuki be released but the government has refused to heed the call,” he said
The controversial governor who was asked if he was not playing with danger by associating with somebody who is charged with treason said that no court has so far convicted Kanu of treason. He noted that the allegation would have to be proven.
“A situation whereby security agents and interested politicians would go and show statements of account of judges to them to intimidate them and force them to give rulings, orders and judgments in a particular manner is condemnable,” he added.
Governor Fayose also blame the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the current crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“The situation we have is that the voice is that of Jacob and the body that of Esau. It is the APC that wants the PDP dead at all cost. Let me give you an instance, when a high court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State pronounced Ahmed Makarfi the authentic National Chairman of the PDP, the APC-led Federal Government did not reopen our national secretariat in Abuja. But when Justice Okon Abang said Ali Modu Sheriff was the national chairman, they were quick to open the secretariat for Sheriff.
“This is a phase that will surely pass and by the time the Supreme Court decides on the matter, we will know where we are going,” he stated.