EKITI State governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, has declared that no intimidation from the ruling party can stop him from expressing his view about the government of the day as long as he lives.
Fayose, who was a guest on a personality programme hosted by Fresh 105.9 FM in Ibadan, Oyo State on Friday, informed that he is being persecuted because he is criticising 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 is not be possible. They cannot win this war.
“I can’t keep quiet, they can’t shut my mouth. I am being persecuted because of 2018, but unfortunately I am becoming more popular.
“To this government, anybody in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is considered as saint, but the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) people are rogues. That’s why you see some of our people crossing to their side and immediately they become saints.
“The current way is against anyone that is speaking the truth. I am the last man standing, they have caged all others. The next target is to kill PDP so that our party won’t be attractive to the people again in subsequent elections.”
The governor likened the corruption cases being levelled against some people in the country, especially members of his party, the PDP, to a biblical scene where Jesus told the people who came to report an adulterous woman to Him, to cast the first stone if they themselves were clean.
According to Fayose, “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 or where did they get their own funding for the election?”
On the money in his account, the governor said the money credited to being in his account is N300 million, which is in fixed deposit and N82 million cash.
“The money in my account is N300 million which I declared in my asset declaration form. That is why the court, which is the last hope of the common man freed my friend who was in their net and the court even awarded damages of N5 million against the government. We can’t continue like this.”
“My concern has always being economy must be the priority of any government. People are hungry, 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 to the capital.
“The APC presidential team campaigned with a private jet, is that free? They also spent heavily for their elections, where do they get their money?
“People are complaining seriously in the country, as for me, we’ve entered a one chance bus 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.
“This government must come down to the level where an average Nigerian can have access to daily food. The issue of “it’s technical” is absurd to people, the masses don’t understand the grammar. Their basic request is to ensure they can feed themselves,” Fayose stated.