Presidency Trashes Governor Fayose For Asking Buhari To Resign
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has described the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose as a man desperate for publicity.
He said this in a chat with Channels TV on Tuesday night, May 30, while reacting to a call made by the governor asking the ailing president to resign his office if he truly has the interest of Nigerians at heart.
Earlier on tuesday, the governor said the president’s health condition was not allowing him to effectively carry out his constitutional duties.
According to a statement by Mr. Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, the state governor who made the call while addressing journalists in Lagos pointed out that since Mr. Buhari is an avowed corruption fighter, he now owes Nigerians an obligation to save the country from unnecessary stagnation emerging from his ill-health, which has also affected his performance.
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Continuning, the governor stated that the anti-corruption fight was not limited to unearthing huge sums of money here and there, but also to doing the right thing at the right time.
Mr. Fayose argued that quitting office when necessary was also an indication of being morally upright.
”…He can do us the great help by resigning. Not resigning bothers on his integrity. His absence allows others to suppress and oppress others and that means he is allowing others to suppress their fellow human beings.
“There are many governments in one and they are clueless. We need an active president going by our numerous challenges. How long will Nigerians wait for an incapacitated president?
”We cannot wait again for somebody to hold us to ransom. I don’t have any bad blood against Buhari. Osinbajo has no powers without the president. He owes us the duty to tell us the state of his health.”
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However, responding to Fayose’s call, Mr. Shehu Garba said the presidency never responds to anything Fayose says because he is only ‘desperate for publicity’.
“I’m sad that you are inviting me to speak on Governor Fayose. If you follow the Presidency, we don’t talk when he talks because he is desperate for publicity.
“We have a constitution that governs the country and the constitution is very clear about how the country runs. This country has a tripod of authority in terms of distribution of political power.
“You have the parliament which is doing its own work, you have the judiciary which is running, you have the executive and we don’t have any problem with this so therefore if anybody has a problem with the constitution then they should go and change it.”