Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has congratulated Nigerians for the courage to stand against what he described as ‘gun-point democracy’.
He also described President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in last Saturday’s presidential election as one which was secured ‘at the barrel of the gun’ and deserving no celebration by the winner.
Fayose, who reacted in a statement, yesterday, by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, said: “Rather than a word of congratulation to president Buhari, who will be leading our country against our wish as a nation, Nigerians are the ones who deserve to be praised for their courage.”
He described the roles played by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies in the election as shameful and alleged, “their inordinate and inglorious desire to deprive Nigerians of a credible leadership was made manifest from the start.”
The former governor said the brazen manner in which the election was conducted and won further played out the reason the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was removed. He said: “At the barrel of the gun, today, Nigerians are cowed and captured evidently by the non-celebration of this Pyrrhic victory by anyone in Nigeria, except those who hoped to benefit directly from it, which is characteristic of a thief who came in the night to deprive residents of their belongings, leaving them in anguish and nightmare.”