The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose of sponsoring the Biafra agitation led by Nnamdi Kanu.
Voice of Ndigbo learnt that the party said Fayose did not only visit Kanu in court, but also promise to meet with the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, to solicit fund for Kanu.
Premium Times reports that the party accused Fayose of working against the Nigerian government by going as far as advising the Chinese government not to bail Nigeria out of recession.
In a statement signed by the publicity secretary of APC, Ekiti chapter, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party said Fayose was involved in many activities that would bring the Nigerian government down, including accusing the government of ethnic cleansing in the southeast.
Olatunbosun said: “On April 26 and as published by The Nigerian Tribune Newspaper and its online publication on April 27, 2017, Fayose said he was working in conjunction with Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to raise funds for Kanu, stressing that he was taking his support for Kanu beyond showing solidarity in court by raising funds that would be deposited in an account opened in Kanu’s name.”
He quoted the governor as saying that, “as many lawyers willing to fight the oppression should join the struggle for liberation from the oppression,” alleging that Fayose was not new to seditious and treasonable activities to bring Nigeria down.
Olatunbosun added that: “He led a campaign to the Chinese Embassy in Abuja and later to Shanghai, the Chinese capital, to urge the Chinese government not to lend hands in helping Nigeria out of recession.
“Relentlessly, he led hate campaigns against the symbol of the Nigerian authority, President Muhammadu Buhari, wishing him dead, including hounding and haunting the president across the world, including on his sick bed, and threatening to expose the president on a life-support machine, all these in spite of swearing to uphold the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to be loyal to the Nigerian state and her president.
“He went further as reported in the media on May 25, 2017 that ‘Ekiti state is now part of Biafra’, which drew the ire of several Yoruba groups as reported in the media.
“Not done, while Nigerians and indeed the country’s leaders were celebrating Nigeria’s exit from recession, Fayose was the only governor across the country who dismissed the celebration as a ruse, maintaining that Nigeria was still in a deep economic mess even though in his state, he is the biggest stumbling block to the survival of Ekiti people by diverting all loans he took to pay workers salary to needless projects contracts awarded to his friends’ companies in which he allegedly has interest.”
Olatunbosun added that Fayose went further to show his support for IPOB by releasing his phone number, 070300000393 and email: email@example.com as reported in the media on April 27, 2017, while urging Biafra supporters to contact him.
He said: “All the southeast governors, including the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, have opposed Kanu in his secessionist activities while Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has warned Kanu and IPOB to stay away from Rivers; but Fayose declared Ekiti state as part of Biafra and that has confirmed the report that he is part of Biafra’s financiers as he had publicly declared to the media.
“No wonder, just four months after Fayose started mobilising funds for Biafra, thousands of deadly weapons, including military assault rifles, were smuggled into the country but were intercepted by the Nigerian Customs while it was also discovered that uniformed Biafran militants already have military training camps where they are planning deadly assaults against Nigeria after threatening her leaders.
“We had earlier alerted the security agencies to the presence of armed gangs and stockpiling of arms in the Ekiti state government house and his present activities in raising funds for Kanu only confirm that he is part of rebellion against the Nigerian state.
“We have always insisted that Fayose is a threat to the Nigeria’s unity and the economic survival of her people.
“His support for Kanu in funds mobilisation for his treasonable act and the activities of Fayose’s media men in promoting the Biafran cause only point to one agenda to destabilise Nigeria and that has proved us right that Fayose has no agenda than the destabilisation of Nigeria to enable him escape all illegal and criminal activities linked to him in recent past.”
Governor Fayose, when contacted by the press, denied the allegation that he has been sponsoring Biafra agitators.
The governor’s chief press secretary, Idowu Adelusi, who spoke on his behalf, said the APC allegation was an attempt to “cover up the federal government’s torture and killing of the Igbo people.”
It was earlier reported that the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, said agitation for Biafra is being sponsored by treasury looters and those who are politically disgruntled.
Mohammed said Kanu is being sponsored to incite war under the disguise of fighting for the rights of the people.
He said the IPOB activities was being sponsored to divert attention from the efforts of the Buhari administration and obliterate the laudable achievements of the government