“You want to declare state of emergency, declare it and we will tell you that the state of emergency will not work too. This country belongs to all of us.”
Those were the words of Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, on Monday shortly after the economic retreat organised by the National Economic Council inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The governor said he was aware that President Buhari was planning a state of emergency in Rivers State over the bloody election rerun that took place in the state over the weekend.
He said he was also aware that the President had the same plan in stock for the people of Ekiti State.
“They have been insinuating that (state of emergency) too in Ekiti. We have been waiting for them. Power has gone beyond the leaders; power has gone back to the people.
However he said if he went ahead with the plan, Buhari would be thought a lesson that power belongs to the people and not their leaders.
He insisted that the military has no business in electoral matters and criticized what he called the militarization of the Rivers rerun.
“If you watch the trend, PDP has always won all the elections after the annulment. Which means what happened in Rivers is just a service of ego of some individuals who believe they have Nigeria in their pockets and they can call the President at will to deploy the military.
“It is unfortunate that somebody would allow the military to kill his own people.
“I strongly condemn the elections in Rivers and charge that we sustain he legacy of transparent elections.
“For me in Ekiti, we learned from that and we are prepared. We prepare for election every day and we are fully prepared,” he added.
He urged Buhari to sustain the legacy of free and fair elections which his administration inherited.