Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose has reacted to an alleged plot of President Muhammadu Buhari to place two Nigerian governors, one from the South-South and another from the South-West on travel restriction.
His Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka on Monday, addressed a press conference to this effect.
Fayose dared the Federal Government to try to stop him from traveling and declared that whenever he wished to travel out of the country, he would do so.
The governor, through his aide said, “Under the federal system of government, state governors are not appendages of the President and as a leading opposition figure in Nigeria, he cannot be cowed by President Muhammadu Buhari and his agents.”
Furthermore, he revealed that he was neither surprised nor disappointed by the insinuation because President Buhari is a man that has no regard for the rule of law.
“I am not surprised or disappointed by this latest plot of the Buhari’s government because the President Buhari that we know is a man without any atom of respect for the rights of Nigerians as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and this he demonstrated as a military dictator and now demonstrating as a democratically-elected President.”
The governor said he was however, amazed that “this dangerous dimension of compelling a sitting governor that enjoys constitutional immunity like the President to obtain clearance from the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS) before travelling out of Nigeria can ever be contemplated.”
Lere Olayinka said, “I therefore wish to state on behalf of Governor Ayodele Fayose that as an opposition figure, he cannot be cowed by this pettiness from the Presidency. Governor Fayose, by this press conference, is daring President Buhari and his anti-democratic agents to carry out this evil and shameful plot and let us all see how far it will take them.”
“Anytime Governor Fayose wishes to travel out of Nigeria, he will do so in the full glare of the public and we await how he will be prevented from exercising his rights.”