A member of the Seventh House of Representatives, Bamidele Faparusi, has cautioned Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, over his relentless attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari.
Faparusi, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, urged the governor to face governance and stop dragging the name of Ekiti in the mud.
According to him, the governor’s attacks on the President had become a recurring decimal.
He said that it was glaring that governance under him had suffered a colossal damage in Ekiti State.
Fayose had, in a statement on Sunday, said nobody could intimidate him because of his strong and truthful stance on national issues.
But Faparusi, in a statement on Monday, expressed dismay that Fayose, who had allegedly taken intimidation, coercion and harassment of the opposition as a strategy to win elections could turn around and accuse Buhari of planning to destabilise his government.
The APC chief said, “In the build up to the 2015 general election, Fayose chased all the 26 House of Assembly members away while also running after the state Chairman of the APC, Chief Jide Awe, and over 300 influential members of our party over trumped-up charges, using the police.
“Even in his own party, those seen not loyal to him were being intimidated or expelled from the party. Does Fayose’s allegation have any strand of believability?”
Faparusi said that Fayose, who was talking about intimidation, should know he was the least of Buhari’s problems, adding that, “Sinners run when no one pursues. Nigerians should know by now that Fayose’s barbaric nature does not represent the value Ekiti people stand for and, therefore, should not take any of his utterances serious as his illogical criticism of Mr. President is just aimed at striving to be in the news all the time and unfortunately for the wrong reasons.
“We will no longer tolerate his continual dragging of Ekiti’s towering image in the mud. We should ensure that Ekiti keeps its record as the most educated and sophisticated state in Nigeria and we won’t fold our arms and allow an opportunist to derogate the image that took years to build.”