FOLLOWING speculation that the Federal Government may be contemplating the imposition of state of emergency on Rivers and Ekiti states over perceived insecurity in the states, Governor Ayo Fayose has warned that such measure would not work in the two states.
Speaking to State House correspondents after attending the first day of the National Economic Council (NEC) retreat on the economy at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday, he said he had been waiting for President Muhammadu Buhari to declare state of emergency in Ekiti. He observed that power has gone back to the people and therefore admonished that leaders should beware of the actions they take in office as they may turn out to hunt them in future. Responding to a question on the possible declaration of state of emergency in Rivers, he said: “They have been insinuating that too in Ekiti.
We have been waiting for them. Power has gone beyond the leaders; power has gone back to the people. “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.” Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, had also, over the weekend alleged that some people were creating problems in his state to make the Federal Government to impose a state of emergency in the state. Wike had said that such ploy would not work because the PDP was more popular in the state.
The Department of State Security (DSS) recently raided the Ekiti State House of Assembly where the personnel were reported to have arrested eight lawmakers while one of the lawmakers is being detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Fayose condemned the weekend’s National Assembly and State House of Assembly re-elections in Rivers State, especially because of what he said was their “militarisation”. He described the situation in Rivers as a service of ego of some individuals who believe they have control on the Federal Government. Fayose said: “I want to condemn the election in Rivers State. I want to condemn the militarisation. “Like I said to some people yesterday, if say Ekiti election nobody was slapped, nobody died, the person defeated congratulated the winner; do we now call this Rivers election ‘Rivers of Bloodgate’? “For a peaceful election in Ekiti and this in Rivers, the military has got no business in our election.
“Now, I want to say that 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, they can call the president at will to deploy the military and it’s unfortunate that somebody would allow the military to kill his own people.
“I strongly condemn the elections in Rivers and charge that we sustain the legacy of transparent elections. “For me in Ekiti, we learned from that and we are prepared. We prepare for election everyday and we are fully prepared.” Speaking on the Ekiti lawmaker detained by the EFCC, the governor was of the view that the anti-graft body was trampling on the rights of citizens. “And for the people detained in EFCC, it shows the rascality of the agency of government to the Federal Government to look away and allow innocent Nigerians’ rights to be taken away. I condemn it,” he added.