Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has expressed disappointment at President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
President Buhari had promised APC members that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) would be expanded to create room for APC supporters as appointees.
In reaction, Fayose described Bhari’s remark as an unfortunate reminder that Nigeria is now under a “chop-I-chop” government.
The governor, who also called on those who left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC to return to the party,
The governor also reacted to the statement made by the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd) , who said “the ruling APC could not fulfilled its promises because more than fifty percent of the positions in Buhari’s government are being held by members of the PDP who fought against the actualisation of a Buhari Presidency”.
Fayose warned that Ali statement is a direct remark to those who decamped from the PDP the APC that they were treading in a land where they are not wanted.
Governor Fayose expressed his views in a statement issued on Thursday in Ado Ekiti, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
He alleged that, “since those who manipulated votes for President Buhari, especially in the north had already been settled, with our collective wealth, it appears that it is now the turn of those they believed will assist them to retain power in 2019.”
Fayose added that, “If the President Buhari could acknowledge that he had been working with a trimmed cabinet to avoid waste, one wonders the improvement that he has brought to bear on the country’s economy to warrant his new decision to expand the Federal Executive Council to bring in more supporters of the APC and settle the party members with other federal appointments”.
Reacting to Col. Hameed Ali’s comment that PDP members were holding 50 percent in Buhari’s government, Governor Fayose said; “Even though the PDP is already emerging stronger from its 2015 electoral misfortune, we won’t mind having our members who left for the APC back in our party.
“Going by Col. Ali’s comment, those who do not belong to President Buhari’s original platform, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) are seen as strangers in the Buhari-led government.
“Buhari’s men do not want anyone else, apart from those with whom they ran CPC and that has been reiterated by Col Ali, a close ally of the President. What remains to be done by those Col. Ali referred to as reasons the APC government of Buhari has failed is for them to summon courage and return to where they were before they moved to the APC.”