Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday fired salvos at former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who, he said, was fond of visiting Aso Villa, the seat of the Federal Government.
“What is Obasanjo looking for in Aso Rock? For eight years, Buhari did not visit Aso Rock to see him. He didn’t even attend the Council of State meeting. What is he going there for? He is bringing shame to Yorubaland.”
Fayose also urged Nigerians to brace for hard times next year.
Besides, he alleged that a plan to “invade” Ekiti State was in the offing.
Speaking on the Kogi State governorship election, the governor said Abiodun Faleke was fighting for his right.
The governor urged the people of Ekiti to prepare for the local government election, adding that the poll can only be postponed by the court.
Fayose, who spoke with reporters in Lagos on the military panel set up to review the activities of soldiers in last year’s Ekiti and Osun state elections, warned against what he described as “the planned invasion” of Ekiti. He said the move would be resisted.
He said: “I have 16 predictions. Next year, there will be disobedience to court rules by the Federal Government.
“There will be the removal of fuel subsidy in the second quarter and growth in corruption and poverty.
“Power generation will be at its lowest. Our earnings will be worse and there will be mass sack. I will talk to the press on these issues later.”
Warning that democracy may be endangered by the political class, Fayose described the recent elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states as worrisome, adding that Nigeria may graduate from “inconclusive elections to inconclusive governments”.
The governor said: “I praise Faleke for standing out in the midst of darkness.
“I’m not saying that he won or that he should be declared governor. But, he is rendering a vital service to democracy. Look at what happened in Bayelsa State. I have warned about dictatorship. The consequence of dictatorship is the fall of the dictator.”
Fayose said the setting up of the military panel was meant to dent the image of the credible elections, despite the judgment of the foreign observers and the international community.
He added: “They set up a military panel. If you wake up and you start indicting your own men, you are on your own.
“They want to say that the military rigged election so that the report on the election can be reviewed and they will now approach the Supreme Court for the review of the Ekiti election. It is not known to law. They want to subvert democracy.
“They are after me. I am prepared for them. Any attempt to invade my state will be resisted. They want to use the military panel to upturn the judgment of the Supreme Court. It cannot happen. After the judgment of the Supreme Court, they can only appeal to God.”
Reflecting on the probe of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Fayose said previous administrations from 1999 to date should be investigated in the spirit of the fight against corruption.
He alleged that the Federal Government was fighting the ant-graft war with a lip service.
However, Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman, Chief Jide Awe, faulted the governor’s claim.
According to him, the military is only probing to determine the involvement of its men in untoward acts during the elections.