The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of allegedly funding the leader of the Independent People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and his organisation to distabilise Nigeria for the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra.
The party said the governor’s counsel in his press release at the weekend urging dialogue in the resolution of the Biafran crisis is an afterthought after the Nigerian Army swung into action to perform their constitutional role of preserving the unity of Nigeria and bringing all secessionists and their backers to justice.
Fayose had at the weekend urged the Federal Government to embrace dialogue in the resolution of the Biafran agitation after the Nigerian Military had declared IPOB a terrorist organisation.
In a statement by Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party dismissed Fayose’s counsel as afterthought, stressing that the governor’s actions and utterances had shown that he was “solidly behind any activity that will bring Nigeria down”.
Olatunbosun said: “On April 26 and as published by The Nigerian Tribune Newspaper and its Tribuneonline publication on April 27, 2017, Fayose said he was working in conjunction with Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to raise funds for Kanu, stressing that he was taking his support for Kanu beyond showing solidarity in court by raising funds that would be deposited in an account opened in Kanu’s name.”
Quoting Fayose as saying that “as many lawyers willing to fight the oppression should join the struggle for liberation from the oppression”, Olatunbosun said Fayose was not new to seditious and treasonable activities to bring Nigeria down.
He explained: “He led a campaign to the Chinese Embassy in Abuja and later to Shanghai, the Chinese capital, to urge the Chinese government not to lend hands in helping Nigeria out of recession.
“Relentlessly, he led hate campaigns against the symbol of the Nigerian authority, President Muhammadu Buhari, wishing him dead, including hounding and haunting the President across the world, including on his sick bed, and threatening to expose the President on a life-support machine, all these in spite of swearing to uphold the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to be loyal to the Nigerian state and her President.
“He went further as reported in the media on May 25, 2017 that ‘Ekiti State is now part of Biafra’, which drew the ire of several Yoruba groups as reported in the media.
“Not done, while Nigerians and indeed the country’s leaders were celebrating Nigeria’s exit from recession, Fayose was the only governor across the country who dismissed the celebration as a ruse, maintaining that Nigeria was still in a deep economic mess even though in his state, he is the biggest stumbling block to the survival of Ekiti people by diverting all loans he took to pay workers salary to needless projects contracts awarded to his friends’ companies in which he allegedly has interest.”
Olatunbosun added that Fayose demonstrated the seriousness of his support for the collapse of Nigeria when he released his telephone number 070300000393 and email:firstname.lastname@example.org as reported in the media on April 27, 2017, urging all that were interested in the Biafra cause to contact him through the phone number and email address.
He also quoted Fayose as saying: “We are just driving the cause. As soon as we receive his account details, we will be made available.
“People have the right to agitate for independence. Even in traditional institution, people agitate for autonomy.
“As many as lawyers willing to fight the oppression should join the struggle for liberation from the oppression”.
Olatunbosun pointed out that while all the governors in the South East, including notable leaders, such as Ohanaeze leaders, Senate Deputy President Ekeremadu, among others, were condemning Kanu for his distabiliation activities, it was Fayose alone that was giving him moral and financial support.
He said: “All the South East governors, including the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, have opposed Kanu in his secessionist activities while Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has warned Kanu and IPOB to stay away from Rivers but Fayose declared Ekiti State as part of Biafra and that has confirmed the report that he is part of Biafra’s financiers as he had publicly declared to the media.
“No wonder, just four months after Fayose started mobilising funds for Biafra, thousands of deadly weapons, including military assault rifles, were smuggled into the country but were intercepted by the Nigerian Customs while it was also discovered that uniformed Biafran militants already have military training camps where they are planning deadly assaults against Nigeria after threatening her leaders.
“We had earlier alerted the security agencies to the presence of armed gangs and stockpiling of arms in the Ekiti State Government House and his present activities in raising funds for Kanu only confirm that he is part of rebellion against the Nigerian state.
“We have always insisted that Fayose is a threat to the Nigeria’s unity and the economic survival of her people.”
Urging the security agencies and Interpol to investigate Fayose in his support for funding IPOB with “the latest influx of military assault rifles into the country”.
He said: “His support for Kanu in funds mobilisation for his treasonable act and the activities of Fayose’s media men in promoting the Biafran cause only point to one agenda to distabilise Nigeria and that has proved us right that Fayose has no agenda than the destabilisation of Nigeria to enable him escape all illegal and criminal activities linked to him in recent past.”