Ekiti Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has cautioned the federal government over its categorisation of hate speeches to act of terrorism, “This appears as another plot to silence the opposition and I make bold to say that saying the truth concerning the country and its rulers cannot be termed as hate speech.”
The governor, who accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the number one promoter and beneficiary of hate speeches in the country, noted that; “When the APC was looking for power, several provocative statements were made. Nigerians are yet to forget President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood’ hate speeches and the threat by the APC to form a parallel government.”
In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Friday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose, who said he was totally against hate speech and will support any effort to curb it, added that it was important to caution the federal government on the danger inherent in the blanket categorisation of hate speech as treasonable.
He said “even if the APC government is sincere with its new found hatred for hate speeches, the APC government must first apologise to Nigerians for being the number one promoter and beneficiary of hate speech.”
The governor counselled that rather than blanket criminalising of hate speeches, the federal government should embark on reorientation of Nigerians, especially the youths on the consequences of hate speeches to the unity of the country and restore the confidence of the people in the government.
The statement read; “I wish to express concern over the pronouncement of the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo that hate speech will henceforth be treated as terrorism.
“While I am totally against hate speech and will support any effort to curb it, it is important to caution the federal government on the danger inherent in the blanket categorisation of hate speech as treasonable.
“I make bold to say that saying the truth concerning the country and its rulers cannot be termed as hate speech.
“I only hope Nigeria is not being systematically returned to the colonial days when the law of sedition was used to jail many of those who fought for our independence or the era of Buhari’s military regime when the notorious Public Officers (Protection against False accusation) Decree 4 of 1984 was used to jailTunde Thompson and NdukaIrabor, both of The Guardian newspapers for publishing what the government termed as false.
“Most importantly, going by the APC government’s use of the so-called anti-corruption fight to harass, intimidate, arrest and detain opposition figures, there is no doubt that categorising whatever that is termed as hate speech as act of terrorism is unconstitutional and an attempt to gag Nigerians, especially the press.
“It should therefore not be seen that since the use of corruption to harass, arrest and detain opposition figures is no longer fashionable, hate speech will now be another instrument of oppression to be used against opposition.
“The questions that must be answered by the federal government are; what constitutes hate speech andwho determines it? Has the Presidency becomes law unto itself such that it is now the one to determine what is an offense and what punishment to be applied?
“From all intent and purposes, the Acting President pronouncement which is obviously not backed by any legislation is an attempt to provide reasons for an impending clampdown on opposition and Nigerians will resist any attempt to mortgage their fundamental rights to freedom of expression under the guise of hate speeches.
“When the APC was looking for power, several provocative statements were made.
Nigerians are yet to forget President Buhari’s “the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood” hate speeches and the threat by the APC to form a parallel government.
“What can be more treasonable than these statements made by President Buhari and his party?
“It is also on record that during the 2011 election campaign, President Buhari’s inciting statement led to widespread violence by his supporters in the North after he lost. Over 1000 people were slaughtered in cold blood, including innocent National Youth Service Corp members.
“Therefore, even if the APC government is sincere with its new found hatred for hate speeches, the APC government must first apologise to Nigerians for being the number one promoter and beneficiary of hate speech.
“Also, rather than this blanket criminalising of hate speeches, the federal government should embark on reorientation of Nigerians, especially the youths on the consequences of hate speeches to the unity of the country while the confidence of the people in the government (at all levels) must be restored.”
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has condemned the attacks on the ‘Resume or Resign’, protesters, describing it as the height of dictatorship and demonstration of intolerance to opposing views by the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.
The governor, who declared support for the call for President Muhammadu Buhari to either “resume or resign” said; “Nigeria can no longer afford a diaspora president or a president that is seen once in 100 days. If they say the President is now well, he should return to Nigeria or is Nigeria now in the hands of the President’s doctors?”
Governor Fayose said that he was particularly miffed by what he called orchestrated attack on the protesters at Wuse market, Abuja yesterday, adding that; “By arranging hoodlums to attack Nigerians who were exercising their fundamental rights to protest against the government, the APC government has shown that it has lost support and trust of Nigerians.”
Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said in a statement issued on Wednesday that Governor Fayose told journalists that any attempt to silence Nigerians, especially those opposed to the APC government will fail, saying; “This country belongs to all of us, it is not the property of a few or a cabal who believes they can cow and subdue Nigerians, we will continue to talk. The president must either resume or resign; this is a clear statement. Who is afraid of the truth? Who is running away from realities?”
He said it was now more obvious that the APC federal government do not have anything in stock other than destruction of the country.
The governor, who maintained that demanding for the health status of the President was the right of Nigerians, said it was funny that armed policemen were available to protect those who protested in support of the APC government, but the same police attacked the “Return or Resign”
He said; “Nigerians will recall that during the BBOG protest in the Jonathan administration, protesters sat on the road for days, nobody molested them. During the January 2012 fuel hike protest (aka #OccupyLagos, #OccupyNigeria), people freely expressed themselves and those in government today participated actively in the protests, they funded these protests.
“Even President Muhammadu Buhari led protests in Abuja against PDP government. The President led protesters to the National Assembly to protest against the continued absence of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua from the country and went ahead to call for Yar’Adua’s impeachment. Then, no one was attacked by security men and hoodlums were not set after the protesters as was done in Abuja yesterday.
“It is therefore shameful that the same people who rode on the back of democratic principles to power are now standing against the rights of Nigerians to complain and the international community should pay special attention to the rule of brute force going on in the country.
“I salute the courage of this young people who have continued to say the truth that the president must resume or resign. If they are telling us the president is okay and fine, let him come home, let the doctors follow him here, we don’t want a president who is being introduced once in 100 days, the president we voted for must be accountable to us.
“Nigerians should vote against APC, never again should these people who I describe as power miss road control us again, thank you very much.”
The PDP South West Stakeholders/Reconciliation meeting chaired by the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose is presently ongoing at the Ekiti State Government House. The morning session of the meeting addressed issues involving members of the Oyo State Peoples Democratic Party.
The second session which is expected to reconcile members from Osun State has proceeded into a closed door session.
Former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, former Osun State Deputy Governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore, South West PDP Publicity Secretary and Secretary to the reconciliation committee, Rev. Bunmi Jenyo, Ekiti State Commissioner for Environment, Otunba Bisi Kolawole, Chief of Staff to the Ekiti State Governor, Barr. Dipo Anisulowo amongst other leaders were part of the meeting.
Governor Fayose in his welcome address said the mission of the meeting is to move the party forward and consolidate on the gains made at the convention. The governor who expressed readiness to bring back members who crave progress of the party promised to be fair and allow a level playing ground for all members to participate.
Some All Progressives Congress (APC), youths in Ekiti State, under the aegis of Ekiti APC Youths Congress (EAYC) have told the Deputy National Chairman south of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Segun Oni to return the over N500 million he received from former President Goodluck Jonathan to fund his rerun governorship election in 2009 before accusing anyone of corruption, saying it was the peak of political hypocrisy and immorality for someone like Segun Oni, who benefitted from corruption and injustice to speak against corruption.
The youths, who also advised Oni to resign from his position as the APC Deputy National Chairman if he was serious about his governorship ambition said it was politically immoral for him (Oni) to be in office as a member of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) and at the same time be parading himself as a governorship aspirant.
Reacting to Oni’s comment that Jonathan should apologize to Nigerians for his running a corrupt government, the APC youths said in a press statement issued on Monday, and jointly signed by Mr Tope Ogunkuade and Comrade Tunji Adeleye, Convener and Secretary respectively, that it was on record that Jonathan was the Chairman of Presidential Committee on Segun Oni’s rerun election in 2009 and he got over N500 million through the former President, who was the Vice President then.
The statement read; “Our attention has been drawn to comment made by Chief Segun Oni, asking former President Goodluck Jonathan to rather apologise to Nigerians for failing to fight corruption while in office and we wish to state expressly that he (Oni) does not have moral rights to make such comment.
“In 2009, this same Jonathan, who was the Vice President led Segun Oni’s rerun governorship election campaign and provided over N500 million for the election, which was eventually rigged for Oni and his PDP.
“Someone provided funds for your election, made sure the election was rigged in your favour and you enjoyed proceed of that corruption, yet, you are now accusing the same person of corruption? That is the height of hypocrisy and we the youths of the APC won’t condone such display of hypocrisy in our party.
“Oni will therefore have to first return the campaign fund he received from Jonathan before accusing anyone of corruption.
“Also, it is on record that Oni came third in the PDP primary before he was placed above the aspirants that came first and second. If he (Oni) has moral and integrity as being presented, why did he accept to benefit from injustice done to others? Why did he accept to be number one from number three?
“Most importantly, how can Oni be in office as a member of our party’s NWC and still be parading himself as governorship aspirant? If he has integrity, shouldn’t he have resigned as APC Deputy National Chairman before declaring his intention to vie for the party’s guber ticket?
“Oni should know that the fact that he got the position of Deputy National Chairman, which should have gone to our foremost leader, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, do not place him at any better position than other decampees in the party and the earlier he brings himself back to the fantasy land to the reality that this is APC and not PDP where number three can become number one overnight, the better for him.”
The former Minister of Aviation and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Femi Fani Kayode has vowed that the party will put an end to the reign of those he described as bunch of dullards in the Aso Rock under the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC) come 2019.
Reacting to the statement that PDP will never recover by APC, Fani Kayode said the party is back to change the change and rescue Nigerians from the hands of the tyrant who knows nothing about good governance.
In a tweet on Monday, Fani Kayode said,”The message is simple and clear:PDP is back and we will change the change.We hereby serve the APC notice:pack your bags and GO!”
Governor of Ekiti state and Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has said that those who are currently in Aso Rock are one chance people who don’t know what they are doing there. Governor Fayose also said that the Peoples Democratic Party has bounced back fully to life and is going straight back to the Aso villa.
Fayose who officially unveiled his presidential ambition at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s National Convention currently taking place at the Eagles Square, Abuja also said that Nigerians entered one chance in the All Progressive Congress, APC, party. He however said that the APC has done one year and must therefore go so that PDP will take over and deliver to Nigerians.
Governor Fayose in 2019 Presidential campaign shirt and cap at PDP’s National Convention in Abuja.
Govenor Fayose who arrived the arena wearing his 2019 presidential campaign shirt and cap equally had his entourage carrying his 2019 presidential campaign posters while the crowd gave him a roaring welcome.
According to him, “Nigerians have entered one chance in this government. But we can assure you that the APC has entered one term and they have to go,” he said.
“The PDP is now a religion, a belief that we are going back to our villa. God will be with us. Those people there, at Aso Rock, they don’t know what they are doing.
“Out of that one chance, we will give you plenty chances. We make mistakes but our ability to correct them if what is important. It is time to arise and shine.
“Shake the persons next to you and tell him or her congratulations for 2019. I don’t know about you but as for me, I am in Aso Rock already.
“I want to congratulate our great party and to assure Nigerians that we are going to deliver them from all they are passing through.”
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has assured members of the Peoples Democratic Party that he will receive them at the Presidential Villa in 2019.
He said the All Progressives Congress was only given an opportunity to rule for one term, adding that the party had misused its chance.
Fayose, who is the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, spoke at the party’s Non-Elective National Convention, which was held at the Eagles Square, Abuja.
He was surrounded by other governors elected on the platform of the party.
“When you come to the Villa in 2019, I will receive you warmly, ” he told the cheering party members.