The controversial Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose in a recent press statement has asked President Buhari to begin his anti-corruption battle from his own party, the All Progressive Congress, (APC) while cautioning him against hypocrisy. Governor Fayose asked the president to come out clean as regards the sources of the funds used in the APC presidential electoral campaigns. He alleged that those who financed Buhari’s campaign used ill-gotten funds looted from the government coffers. He likewise accused President Buhari of having more corrupt and dubious associates than the former president, Goodluck Jonathan. Fayose consequently exhorted the president to remove the log in his eyes before attempting to remove the splinter in the eyes of Nigerians.
Some of those who sponsored the president’s election have not done any other jobs apart from holding public offices. Yet, they provided private jets and funds with which the president campaigned across the length and breadth of Nigeria. He should let Nigerians know where they got money to buy private jets and the several billions of naira spent on his election.
Mr President and his men should know that these planned efforts to brand PDP as a party of corrupt people and suppress the giant strides of the Jonathan administration won’t work because Nigerians know that APC is peopled with more corrupt people and the President must treat the issue of corruption without looking at political parties. No one sits with corruption to fight corruption because as it is today, President Buhari is sitting among corrupt people and he must first extricate himself from the comity of corruption that he is before his anti-corruption stance can be accorded respect.
Governor Ayodele Fayose also ridiculed the claim that Buhari knew where the embezzled funds of the past administration were kept. He said if that was the case, Buhari need not announce it in public. Rather, Fayose advised that Buhari should worry more about recovering the funds and nabbing the looters. He called the recent public statements of President Buhari on the whereabouts of the loots as mere noise-making.
If President Mohammadu Buhari knows exactly where the stolen funds are kept and who looted the funds, he does not need all these public announcements. Rather, he should make public names of the looters and bring back the purported stolen funds, location of which he has identified. It is when he is able to bring back the money that he should make announcements of recovered funds. You don’t announce a process to the public. Rather, you announce the results because that is what is of interest to the people. It is like you are announcing that you know where armed robbers reside, won’t they change their location?
Governor Ayodele Fayose is one of the few People Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains who is bold enough to question the present APC government of the day under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.