All Progressives Congress(APC) in Ekiti State and the coalition of civil society groups, on Monday trooped to the streets of Ado Ekiti, the state capital to celebrate return of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigeria after 104 days in London for medical vacation.
The coalition blasted Governor Ayodele Fayose over the statement credited to him that President Buhari, who left the country on May 7 had been placed on life support since June 6, when his sickness relapsed in a London hospital.
The mammoth crowd , which comprised party supporters , civil society groups , artisans and Okada riders , marched from the Oke Iyinmi to the party Secretariat, chanting various songs to deride Fayose and the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
The placard-carrying coalition created a traffic gridlock between Ijigbo and Ajilosun area, making commuters to wait for several minutes before having a right of way.
Addressing the rally, the APC Acting Chairman in the State, Mrs Kemi Olaleye, said God has shamed those wishing the President death, saying Buhari’s return will rekindle the war against corruption, insurgency and secession.
Olaleye appealed to Fayose to make good his threat that he would commit suicide if President Buhari returns to Nigeria hale and hearty.
She used the opportunity to allayed fear that the APC primary in preparations for the 2018 governorship poll will be manipulated, assuring that the candidate will emerge through the unanimous voice of the party members.
“Mr Fayose has turned himself to propaganda-in-chief , but we are happy that God has shamed those who thought President Buhari won’t return alive. With this rally, the end has come to Governor Fayose’s reign in Ekiti.
“The good people of this state are not in support of Fayose’s action, because we are cultured and compassionate people.
“ Look at the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike, he went to Abuja to welcome the president back to Nigeria. That was a show of maturity, why was our governor not learning from this?
“We are solidly behind President Buhari even beyond 2019. And we are pleading with Nigerians to discountenance whatever Fayose has been saying against the president. He was not speaking for us, he only spoke for himself”, she said.
Olaleye added that Ekiti was tired of one day, one trouble under Fayose, saying the next poll will mark the end for the governor’s dominance in the state.
In a solidarity message by Civil Society groups, the body rejoiced with Nigerians over safe return of the president, saying the anxiety generated by his health status terrified Nigerians, particularly those in support of his anti-graft war.
The message presented by the Chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties(CNPP), Prince Tunji Ogunlola, praised Nigerians for praying for Buhari’s quick recovery, pointing out that their prayers helped the medical team to achieve success in the treatment of the president.
“Nigeria’s collective destiny cannot be aborted by a tiny group of crooks whose survival depend on the looting of our commonwealth. It is on this strength that we believe the President’s return presents a fresh hope for the accomplishment of our collective dream for a great
nation as hr settles down to work.
“our hope to tackle corruption and grown the nation’s through economic transformation that will create jobs for our teeming youths have been rekindled with Buhari’s return.
“It was gratifying that those who wanted Buhari dead has been put to shame and we warn that this new sheriff that just returned to town will as usual has no patience for looters and conmen in government”, Ogunlola said.
The Coordinator of Progressives Youth League, Barrister Adeoye Aribasoye and the former Chairman of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Com. Kolawole Olaiya , urged Buhari to probe various bailouts and Paris club funds that had been released to Ekiti state in recent
“What we learnt was that, Governor Fayose had diverted those funds to projects that have no direct relevance to the lives of our people instead of paying salaries.
“Ekiti people are respectable people with human feelings, we could not have wished Buhari dead, over what? Governor Fayose only spoke for himself and Nigerians should just perceive him as a nuisance that should be ignored.