A former governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni, has asked Nigerians to ignore the call by Governor Ayodele Fayose for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation over the ongoing fuel scarcity crisis.
He spoke at the end of the year party organised for the All Progressives Congress members in Ifaki Ekiti on Wednesday.
Describing the call as a misdirected attack, Oni said Fayose was only engaging in comical relief by his statement.
“It is like someone calling for his (Fayose) resignation over the level of hunger in Ekiti because the governor’s stomach infrastructure policy has failed to fill the stomachs of over 80 per cent of our people,” he said.
Oni appealed to Fayose to rather toe the path of honour and stop playing to the gallery on Buhari’s issues.
“I want to believe that our governor didn’t mean what he said, he was just joking. I don’t think he meant what he said.
“I know that the NNPC and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources are addressing this issue. It is a general problem and it is regrettable but the main problem causing this scarcity is hoarding.
“Governor Fayose is operating stomach infrastructure, how would he feel if he is asked to resign on account that many people have not eaten from the rice being distributed under this policy. So, I see this as a mere joke.”
The Deputy National Chairman of the APC, South, warned that the party might end up losing Ekiti in 2018 if a popular candidate was not fielded.
He said, “They (delegates) shouldn’t turn profiteers because they have two options to make, which is either to take money from politicians and get temporary relief or to vote for the right candidate to win the general elections, so that the APC can control both the state and the federal governments for more dividends of democracy to come to our members.
“What I expect from the APC is a free, fair and credible primary. The primary to any party is to pick a candidate who can win election. That is why it is important for us to listen to what the people want; this should be our objective and not the profit the delegates will make.
“Though, there is hunger in town but we must do the right thing. The highest bidder will bring his money; yes, you can collect it and still go ahead and vote for a candidate that can win for us.”