Fayose condemns IGP’s withdrawal of Obiano’s security aides, faults Buhari.
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose on Thursday, faulted the earlier withdrawal of Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano’s security aides by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris.
Fayose also condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to restore the governor’s security aides, describing it as an afterthought.
The governor said the IGP could not have executed such illegal act capable of endangering Obiano’s life without Buhari’s knowlege.
Fayose said, in a statement: “For Nigerians to believe that the President was not aware, he must sanction the IGP for disrespecting his office.
“Governors are not appendages of the President. They are heads of federating units in Nigeria and time has come for this military mentality of this APC government of President Buhari to stop. All governors in this country must jointly demand that the IGP be sanctioned if truly, President Buhari knew nothing about the withdrawal of Governor Obiano’s security aides.”
“Would the IGP have also stripped President Buhari of his security aides if the election coming up on Saturday is a presidential election in which the president is seeking reelection?”
“To me, President Buhari only ordered the reinstatement of Governor Obiano’s police aides because the Senate condemned it and directed the IGP to restore them. For Nigerians to believe that the President was not aware, he must sanction the IGP for disrespecting his office,” he said.
The governor added that “withdrawal of Governor Obiano’s police aides has further reinforced the agitation for state police.
“It is only in Nigeria that a governor that is called the Chief Security Officer of the State does not have control over your own security aides and this must be addressed.”
Naija News reports that Buhari, while in Akwa yesterday at Tony Nwoye, APC governorship canndidate in Anambra, directed that the security aides of Governor Obiano be restored after the latter cried out for help.
Idris had on Tuesday confirmed that he authorized the withdrawal of the Aide Camp (ADC) to Obiano, saying the move was based on the previous experience the police recorded whereby the military caught an ADC to a governor escorting a vehicle loaded with arms on Election Day.
“We do not mean anything bad to Anambra governor on this action; his ADC will be returned to him early Sunday morning after the governorship election on Saturday November 18.
“We have equally withdrawn all the policemen attached to political appointees, Local Government Chairmen and others in Anambra till after the election,” he said.
Fayose, therefore, urged the governors in the country to rise in condemnation of the IGP’s action saying; “because it happened to an APGA governor today, it can be PDP or even APC governor tomorrow.”