Following deaths recorded in last Saturday’s rerun elections in Rivers State, Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said President Muhammadu Buhari must be held accountable for the violence and loss of lives in the highly violent elections.
Fayose said: “Members of Buhari’s party, All Progressives Congress (APC), are emboldened to unleash violence on the people of Rivers State and other States in Nigeria because they know that the president would not lift a finger provided his party members are the ones perpetrating evil.
“Those who called the Ekiti State governorship election, in which soldiers and other security agents made sure that there was no violence, no live was lost during and after the election and no ballot was snatched, EkitiGate, should be asked what the Rivers election in which eight people were killed and several others injured will be called.”
A statement on Sunday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and , Lere Olayinka, Fayose said President Buhari was culpable in the killings in Rivers State and that the manner Independent National Electoral Commission conducted itself has destroyed the legacy of free, fair and transparent elections bequeathed on Nigeria by former President Goodluck Jonathan was.
“Can President Buhari fold his arms if the people being killed are from Daura in Katsina State? Is it that any soul that is not a Fulani is not important to the President?” He queried.
While calling for the immediate sack of INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the governor said Nigerians must ask questions as to how INEC produced Results Sheets of over 230 polling units with PDP omitted.
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