No to State of Emergency in Rivers, Ekiti states – Fayose

No to State of Emergency in Rivers, Ekiti states – Fayose


Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state has said that the declaration of a state of emergency in Rivers or his own State would not be acceptable.

Fayose The governor who spoke to State House Correspondents at the end of the opening ceremony of the National Economic Council Summit at the Old Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja was reacting to the outcome of the national assembly/State House rerun elections in the state. Fayose condemned what he called the “militarization” of state during elections, saying that what happened in Rivers was a pointless display of ego.

“They have been insinuating that too in Ekiti. We have been waiting for them. Power has gone beyond the leaders, power has gone back to the people.

“There are certain things leaders will do today, you will eat it tomorrow.

“You want to declare state of emergency, declare it and we will tell you that the state of emergency will not work too. This country belongs to all of us.”

The governor also condemned the election in its entirety, calling for transparency. He also expressed displeasure over the detention of Ekiti State Lawmaker by the Department of State Security, DSS. “I want to condemn the election in Rivers State. I want to condemn the militarization.

“Like I said to some people yesterday, if in Ekiti election nobody was slapped, nobody died, the person defeated congratulated the winner, do we now call this Rivers election Rivers of Blood? “Because for a peaceful election in Ekiti and this in Rivers, the military has got no business in our election.

“Now, I want to say that if you watch the trend, PDP has always won all the elections after the annulment, which means what happened in Rivers is just a service of ego of some individuals who believe they have Nigeria in their pockets.

They can call the president at will to deploy the military and it’s unfortunate that somebody would allow the military to kill his own people.

“I strongly condemn the elections in Rivers and charge that we sustain the legacy of transparent elections.

“For me in Ekiti, we learned from that and we are prepared. We prepare for elections everyday and we are fully prepared.”


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