Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, on Wednesday said he won’t stop criticizing the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government over its bad policies despite the recent clamp down on state officials by men of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The governor, who arrived the state from Abuja where he had been since Sunday to attend PDP meeting, said no policy of the federal government that is inimical to the welfare of the people would be spared by his comments.
In a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Governor Fayose who was reacting to the development for the first time since DSS officials invaded the House of Assembly Complex, Ado-Ekiti and whisked four lawmakers away, said he remained resolute in his determination to criticize obnoxious policies of the President in the interest of Nigeria and the nation’s democracy.
The Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo, was also arrested by DSS officers but was released late Tuesday night.
His words: “The Bible says people with God are in majority. This is not the first time people will harass me. It is a conspiracy and it will collapse like other attempts before it. I will remain critical of the activities of the Federal Government, especially when they do things that are inimical to the welfare of Nigerians.
“Imagine the questions they asked my Commissioner for Finance. They asked him if the Federal Government has reimbursed the state government on works done on federal roads. But the records are with them in Abuja, can’t they check? We have nothing to hide and they are only chasing shadows and are time wasters.
“Telling the Federal Government that the economy is in trouble and that the President should stay at home to face governance is not a crime and is part of my rights as a citizen of this country. I am like a tree planted by the bank of a river that brings forth its fruits in due season.”
On the allegation that some people offered some lawmakers $1 million to impeach him, the governor expressed implicit confidence in the lawmakers.
“I am just coming from Abuja and I know that our lawmakers are solid guys and their future and mine are tied together. When the APC was at its peak in the state and they wanted to use 19 lawmakers to impeach me, they failed woefully and they will still fail again. This is a storm in a tea cup. They are not just starting I defeated them in all courts in the land. I won’t deter from saying the truth about the federal government.
“We are in the morning we have not seen what the night is going to be. If it is me that brought myself here they will succeed, but if it is God, they will have to first overcome God before overcoming me,” the governor noted.