Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said President Mohammadu Buhari should “respect the democratic principles of separation of powers by allowing the judiciary to do its job, obey court orders and focus on proper prosecution of people accused of corruption.”
Fayose in a statement on Monday said the president should do that “rather than castigating the judiciary and making the arm of government to appear as the stumbling block in his fight against corruption.”
The governor in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, also urged the President to tell Nigerians the truth about the Boko Haram insurgency, saying “They keep telling us that they have defeated Boko Haram technically while Nigerians are still being killed daily by Boko Haram, with over 100 people killed in Dalori, less than 12km to Maiduguri, Borno State capital. Isn’t it now necessary for the President to fulfill his promise of leading from the
front and getting his Information Minister, Lai Mohammed to go and
hold a press briefing in Sambasa forest unguarded by military men so as to show to Nigerians that indeed, they have defeated Boko Haram technically?”
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said the President should have simply told the whole world that he hated the Nigeria Judiciary because he lost the petitions that he filed against his electoral defeats in 2003, 2007 and 2011 instead of hiding under the fight
against corruption to ventilate his anger.
The governor, who said there was nothing wrong with the legal system
in Nigeria, added that “in recent times, politicians like President Buhari are the ones responsible for the wrath in the judiciary because of their desperation to use the courts to foist one party state on Nigerians with conflicting judgments from election tribunals.”
He said making noise in the media about discovery of fraud was different from being able to prove allegations of fraud in the court, adding that; “The President and his men should stop media trial and playing with bogus figures. This is because as it is today, President Buhari is not fighting any corruption. Rather, he is engaging in political persecution in his bid to weaken opposition both in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and within his own party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
“Even the president’s party men are beginning to condemn openly the trial of people accused of corruption in the media, with newspapers quoting Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) on Saturday as describing it as convicting the suspects without giving them fair hearing.
Governor Fayose counselled the president to purge himself of the blood