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Monday 28 March 2016

Apology not enough, Fayose tells Buhari

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to go beyond apologising to Nigerians by correcting some flawed policies and steps his administration has taken since assuming office.
He also urged the President to stop seeing himself as a sectional leader or the president of the All Progressives Congress but as the leader of all groups and people of the country.
Fayose, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, on Sunday, however, commended the President for admitting some errors his government had made.
The governor also advised the President to be wary of some selfish persons in the APC who were bent on using his name to commit atrocities in the name of politics.
The statement read, “This is a moment of truth. I commend the President for being bold enough to apologise for his lapses. He has come out to admit and accept that criticism is part of democracy. He can do whatever he likes, but it must be within the ambit of the law.
“The President has swallowed his pride by admitting that there is a sharp drop in electricity and that we are experiencing an agonising fuel scarcity in the country. They told us the refineries are working, but that is a lie, we are still importing fuel.
“The President cannot continue to apologise for everything. A leader must think very well before making policy statements.”
Fayose called on the President to find a lasting solution to the lingering fuel scarcity, address job losses and to pay attention to security issues, rather than exerting energy on silencing the opposition.
“Look at the Agatu killings. That place is a food basket for the country and when herdsmen went on the rampage, destroying lives and property, we should not fold arms,” he said.
Fayose also condemned the manner elections were conducted under the present regime.
He said the legacy of credible elections left behind by former President Goodluck Jonathan had been destroyed.
He added, “It is an understatement to describe the elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers states by the Buhari administration as a show of shame. This is an aspect where the President has to be very careful. He must not allow himself to be used by some rejected and crooked politicians.”
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the APC in the state, Olusegun Osinkolu, has advised Fayose to face governance and stop attacking the President.
Osinkolu said President Buhari had been working assiduously to make tremendous impact.
He said it was appalling for Fayose to abandon governance for frivolities.
He urged him to stop dissipating energy on Buhari in the interest of the people.
While addressing his supporters in Ayede Ekiti on Sunday, Osinkolu commended the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for cautioning the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on how to address Nigerians on the issue of fuel scarcity.
While also calling for the dissolution of the state working committee of the APC in Ekiti State ahead of the 2018 governorship election, the former senatorial aspirant alleged that the Chief Jide Awe-led SWC was handpicked


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