The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has accused the Presidency of “polluting the military” to ensure it compelled the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the general elections against the wishes of Nigerians.
Fayemi also said more startling revelations would emerge as to how the incumbent Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; Senator Iyiola Omisore; Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, and the military allegedly rigged the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti against him.
Fayemi, who lost his bid for a second term as governor of ‘The Fountain of Knowledge’ state to Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, spoke on Sunday after a service marking his 50th birthday at St. Martins Catholic Church, Isan Ekiti, his country home.
Fayemi expressed shock that a sacred institution like the military could be influenced to subvert a democratic process, saying it portended a great danger to the country.
He said, “It was apparent that the military and presidency boxed INEC to a tight corner by merchants of retrogression to get the postponement to achieve their devilish motives.
“I believe what we are expected to do as democrats must be those things that would strengthen democracy. For military to be saying that it would overcome insurgency it had failed to curtail in five years. Is that not standing logic on its head? You could see that Nigerians are very unhappy.
“To me, this is more of a civilian coup against democracy because for military to have said that it cannot provide security for INEC top prosecute the election implies that it is hands in gloves with the presidency. This is a travesty and a danger to our democracy
“Military is a product of Nigeria and not the father of Nigeria and it must do everything to protect this democracy”.
Fayemi, however, vowed that he and other pro-democracy activists and all lovers of democracy would resist attempts to derail the country’s constitutional democracy.
The All Progressives Congress chieftain said the audio recording, released by SaharaReporters, revealing how some PDP chiefs in collaboration with the military, allegedly rigged the governorship election in Ekiti, should not come as a surprise to anybody.
He said, “You know that I said I accepted the outcome if truly it was the wish of the Ekiti people because I was privy to a lot of things that happened that put a question mark on the conduct of the election. But more revelations will come in few days to come”.