Governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose on Friday said he would not stop being a vocal critic of the All Progressives Congress-led government despite attempts to keep him silent.
Fayose made the declaration as a guest on a personality programme on Fresh FM in Ibadan where he alleged that APC had deployed powers within its reach to intimidate him because of his criticism of the Federal Government.
He said “I am being persecuted because I am vocal. Why some of us are talking today is because if we betray the masses, God will not forgive us. That is why people like us have to exhibit courage to speak the truth. And if you notice, they are leaving no stone unturned to cage me from commenting, but that cannot be possible. They cannot win this war.
“I can’t keep quiet, they can’t shut my mouth. I am being persecuted but unfortunately I am becoming more popular. To this government, anybody in APC is considered as saint, but PDP people are rogues. That’s why you see some of our people crossing to their side and immediately, they become saints.”
Fayose claimed that other dissenting voices had been silenced leaving him as the last man standing. He said the likes of Femi Fani-Kayode had been kept quiet and that the next step for the APC government was to kill the Peoples Democratic Party in Nigeria.
“What I want Nigerians to ask the Federal Government, which is currently prosecuting some people over alleged fraudulent campaign money, is that who financed their own election campaign or where did they get their own funding for the election?”
The governor also spoke on the money found in his account during the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s investigation, he said the money credited to being in his account was N300m, which was on fixed deposit, and N82m in cash deposit.
He said, “The money in my account is N300m, which I made public in my asset declaration form. That is why the court, which is the last hope of a common man, freed my man who was in their net and the court even awarded a N5m damages against the government. We can’t continue like this.
“My concern has always being that economy must be the priority of any government. People are hungry, the economy is bad. The brake of our economy has relapsed. No business seems prospective again. It’s not about the vehicle but the driver, it is about the head. The hardship is getting harder. Nigerians are not investing in the economy because of fear, same things as foreigners. There is threat on the capital.
“The APC presidential team campaigned with a private jet, is that free? They also spent heavily for their elections, where did they get their money? People are complaining seriously in the country, as for me, we have entered one chance with this current government. They took us into a lift, closed the door and they switch off the source of power supply, that is exactly what is really happening,” said Fayose.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.