The people of Ekiti consisting majorly APC supporters troop out in mass with drums to celebrate the return of President Buhari – The protesters also called on the Ekiti state governor to produce the eleven pictures he claimed to have of the president on life support – Those protesting against the governor include APC supporters, civil society groups, artisans and commercial motorcyclists.
The home coming of President Muhammadu Buhari after 105 days on medical vacation in London has continued to generate reactions from Nigerians as residents of Ekiti state took to the streets to celebrate his return. The people of the state also took the opportunity to protest against Governor Fayose over his statement that he has 11 photos of President Buhari on life support.
The procession also created traffic along Ijigbo and Ajilosun area, making vehicular movements difficult.
Addressing the rally, the party’s Acting Chairman in the state, Kemi Olaleye, said God had shamed those wishing the president dead. He said Mr. Buhari’s return would rekindle the war against corruption, insurgency and secession.
Mrs. Olaleye appealed to Mr. Fayose to make good a threat he reportedly made that he would commit suicide if President Buhari returns to Nigeria hale and hearty.
“Mr. Fayose has turned himself to propaganda-in-chief, but we are happy that God has shamed those who thought President Buhari won’t return alive. With this rally, the end has come to Governor Fayose’s reign in Ekiti,” she said.
“The good people of this state are not in support of Fayose’s action, because we are cultured and compassionate people.
“Look at the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike, he went to Abuja to welcome the president back to Nigeria. That was a show of maturity, why was our governor not learning from this?
“We are solidly behind President Buhari even beyond 2019. And we are pleading with Nigerians to discountenance whatever Fayose has been saying against the president. He was not speaking for us, he only spoke for himself.”
Mrs. Olaleye added that Ekiti was tired of ‘one day, one trouble’ under Mr. Fayose, saying the next poll would mark the end of the governor’s dominance in the state.
The state chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, Tunji Ogunlola, speaking on behalf of the civil society groups, praised Nigerians for praying for Mr. Buhari’s quick recovery.
He said prayers by Nigerians helped the medical team to achieve success in the treatment of the president.
“Nigeria’s collective destiny cannot be aborted by a tiny group of crooks whose survival depend on the looting of our commonwealth,” he said.
“It is on this strength that we believe the President’s return presents a fresh hope for the accomplishment of our collective dream for a great nation as hr settles down to work.
“Our hope to tackle corruption and grown the nation’s through economic transformation that will create jobs for our teeming youths have been rekindled with Buhari’s return.
“It was gratifying that those who wanted Buhari dead has been put to shame and we warn that this new sheriff that just returned to town will as usual has no patience for looters and conmen in government.”
Also, the APC in Ondo State, in a statement by the Director of Publicity, Steve Otaloro, rejoiced with Nigerians on the return of President Muhammadu Buhari.