The Afenifere Renewal Group(ARG), has blasted Governor Ayodele Fayose for displaying overt support for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, describing his conduct as treasonable and threatening.
ARG criticized Fayose for “bringing governance to a ridiculous level and assaulting the sensibilities of the Yoruba nation” by Tuesday’s gesture.
The ARG , in a statement by its State Coordinator, Bunmi Akanbi , on Wednesday, slammed Fayose “for abandoning serious business of governance in his home state to run a comedy show in faraway Abuja in a matter that does not concern him.”
He took exception to a statement credited to Fayose that, “Ekiti now belongs to Biafra, warning the governor not to use his position to fan the embers of discord, disunity and crisis in the Nigerian federation.
Awotiku said: “Despite receipts of monthly statutory federal allocation, budget support funds, bailout funds running into billions of Naira, Ekiti workers are under the yoke of non-receipt if their monthly salaries and allowances.
“The pensioners are not faring better; this is a governor displaying executive rascality all over Ekiti State and beyond. He has brought governance to a ridiculous level. He can be excused for his own style of leadership and manner of delivery but there are well designed standards for the office which he occupies but which he brings to
“His recent solidarity visit to Nnamdi Kanu who has insulted and hold the Yoruba nation with disrespect is an executive rascality taken too
far. Not withstanding the political motive, his solidarity is an insult and affront to the true Omo Oduduwas at home and Diaspora.
“Ekiti State chapter of Afenifere Renewal Group implore him (Fayose) to carry out his assignment with the fear of God and respect to the needs and yearnings of Ekiti people. We take exception to his determination to rubbish our valued heritage.
“We hereby implore him to face governance in our dear state, bring smiles to the faces of government worker both in the state and local governments, make pensioners happy and enjoy the fruit of their labour. This political rascality and razzmatazz must stop.”
Also, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC) and governorship aspirant, Hon. Bamidele Faparusi, urged the Department of State Services(DSS) to investigate Governor Fayose.
Describing Fayose as a ‘busy body’, Faparusi added that the governor’s overt solidarity for someone he branded a ‘secessionist’, was a height of irresponsibility and that such was tantamount to treasonable felony, which must be investigated.
The former federal parliamentarian, said Fayose has betrayed the 1999 constitution he Swore to protect by his conviviality with Kanu, a personality that was leading a group that had declared war on Nigeria by his utterances and actions in recent time.
He said Fayose would have been tried for treason and sent to jail, if he had exhibited such action in a saner clime, harping on the need for the federal government to launch investigation into the governor’s conduct, for Nigeria is not a Pariah State.
Faparusi, who described Fayose as a potential security threat to the country, said: “Having sworn to an oath of office to defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it therefore constitutes a flagrant rape on the constitution for a sitting Governor to openly declare support for a secessionist .
“We do not know the interest his support for Biafra will serve the hungry people of Ekiti who he has refused to pay their salaries for the past five months. I urge the DSS to investigate if the support Governor Fayose gave was either moral and not financial, and if financial , then Ekiti people must hold him responsible for profligacy
by committing the tax payers’ sweat to Biafra struggle.
“I advise Governor Fayose to see governance as a serious business and stop junketing around the nation to pursue inanities and those things that would further abrade the core values of decency, scholarship and respect Ekiti was renowned for”.