Emerging facts, on Thursday, revealed
that the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, is making frantic efforts
to meet with the United States of America, USA, President-Elect, Donald
Trump, immediately he is sworn in, on January 20.
Sources revealed to Post-Nigeria, that
the planned meeting was to, “see how Donald Trump would help the
opposition, to ease out President Muhammadu, come 2019”.
Confirming the report, Fayose on
Wednesday evening, called on Trump, to stop Buhari’s moves to perpetuate
himself in office beyond 2019, using the instrument of coercion and
In a statement made available to
Post-Nigeria, through his Spokesman, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said the
arrest of the former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shettima, was part
of the plot by the cabal in the All Progressives Congress, APC, to
incapacitate opposition figures in the country financially, before the
2019 general elections.
“Buhari’s second term ambition, will not
be realised on the basis of intimidation, harassment, and persecution
of opposition figures, as well as annihilation of their financial
“Instead of running after those that
they perceived as threat to the President’s 2019 ambition, they should
rather save Nigerians from hunger and sufferings, now ravaging the
“It is also obvious that those holding
power in Katsina State presently, are finding it difficult to match
Shema’s unprecedented performance while in office, and have opted for
his persecution, just to cover up their failure,” the statement reads.
The Governor further lamented, that all
actions of the APC-led Federal Government, were geared towards the
achievement of President Buhari’s second term, and not the well-being of
Nigerians; many of whom can barely feed, owing to bad policies of the
He said: “it is another sad experience
in democratic governance in Nigeria, that someone like Alhaji Shema, who
performed remarkably well as Katsina State Governor, and even left over
N3 billion in the State’s treasury, is now being humiliated ostensibly,
just because some people believed that the only way they can perpetuate
themselves in power beyond 2019, is by destroying the opposition.
“Despite that Alhaji Shema made himself
available to the EFCC, on September 16, 2016, he was kept in detention
for more than two weeks, just to humiliate him, as directed by those who
presently hold power in Katsina and Abuja. Even when Alhaji Shema was
arraigned in court, on Tuesday, the EFCC even went to the extent of
asking the court to remand him in prison. This is ridiculous!”
Calling on the international community,
especially Trump, and other world leaders, to help in saving democracy
in Nigeria, Governor Fayose said: “This continuous use of the EFCC and
other agencies of the Federal Government, to humiliate and oppress those
perceived as threat to the APC holding on power beyond 2019, is a
threat to democracy in the country, and must not be allowed to continue.
“The international community should ask
President Buhari, why only opposition figures are the ones being
arrested and tried by the EFCC. What has happened to all those petitions
submitted to the EFCC against close Aides of the President, and serving
members of his cabinet?
“Obviously, the EFCC now exists as the
APC’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and those foreign
organisations donating funds to the Commission, should be mindful of
their funds being used to persecute the opposition.”