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Why Buhari Didn’t Allow Fayose To Be Removed As Ekiti State Governor – Adesina


Why Buhari Didn't Allow Fayose To Be Removed As Ekiti State Governor - Adesina

The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed how Buhari refrained from moving to sack Ayodele Fayose as the Ekiti State Governor.

Adesina opined that Buhari had all the powers and opportunities to ensure Fayose was removed as the Ekiti State Governor but refrained from taking such action.

The media aide submitted that Buhari didn’t tow such a line because he has no malicious bone in his body.

Naija News reports he made the submission in an opinion article on Thursday titled ‘Buhari at 80: No Malicious Bone In His Body’ written in commemoration of the President’s 80th birthday anniversary billed to hold on December 17.

Going down memory lane, Adesina recalled how Fayose had taken a stand against Buhari during the 2014 campaigns and went as far as sponsoring adverts displaying a coffin that suggests President Buhari is not qualified to be the country’s leader.

He added however that after Buhari won the election, he could have taken retaliatory action by mobilizing the state house of assembly against Governor Fayose and ordering the Police to lock down necessary places in the state but instead, the President chose to refrain from such and be accommodating to all.

While listing several other instances and persons that could have prompted Buhari to take a vengeful action, the presidential media aide observed that; “How about Ayo Fayose, the Irunmole (ethereal spirit) that eats jollof rice. The former Ekiti State Governor had taken a stand against Buhari since 2014, during the campaigns. There was that infamous advertisement he placed in newspapers, displaying a coffin, and insinuating that if Buhari was elected, he would not last the distance. Fayose’s party was beaten black and blue, and entered President Buhari.

What would an average, vengeful person have done, if he were in the mould of the man with the teacup and saucer? When Buhari came, the Ekiti House of Assembly was largely populated by APC members, whom Fayose had inherited. What to do? Just give a directive: remove that Governor within a week, and he directs the Inspector General of Police to lock down the Assembly chamber. But not Buhari. Why? Because he has no malicious bone in his body.

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“Fayose served out his term, and I remember the President giving him a warm handshake during a Council of State meeting at the Presidential Villa.”

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