It's unfortunate, votes can no longer count in Nigeria: Fayose

By The Rainbow

Fayose: Nigerians votes can no longer count, says; “INEC has merged with APC”

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that the Independent

National Electoral Commission (INEC) under the present All

Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government has demonstrated to

Nigerians that their votes will never be allowed to count any longer,

adding that; “INEC has become an extension of the APC and Aso Rock

Presidential Villa.”
Governor Fayose, who was answering questions on an Orange FM, Akure

programme on Tuesday, lamented that “democracy in Nigeria has suffered

a serious setback”, but added that “If the cabal in the APC led

federal government believed that they have defeated the People's

Democratic Party (PDP) through their manipulation of the electoral

process, they should be reminded that they can never defeat the

He said; “This is not democracy. INEC said they did not recognise the

Ibadan primary election that produced Jimoh Ibrahim, now the same INEC

says he is the candidate.  What is it that has changed?

“Isn’t it now safe to say that INEC was actually bribed $1m  to allow

Jimoh Ibrahim to play the spoiler role that he is playing?

“Isn't this development a vindication of my position that other

political parties and stakeholders are now contesting election against

The governor however urged the  people not to lose hope despite what

he called the hanky panky in the judiciary, saying; “You cannot hide

behind a finger, this is a phase that will pass, 24 hours is a long

time in politics.”
The governor said INEC was now totally under Mrs Amina Zakari, whom he

said now acts as the managing director of what he called APC-INEC

Speaking on the $29.9 billion loan proposed by the federal government,

Governor Fayose said; “That $29.9 billion loan will ruin Nigeria

He said; “This government met $28.4 billion in our Foreign Reserve and

has depleted it to $24 billion.
“The same government that has reduced our foreign reserve to $24

billion is now going to borrow $29.9 billion when the country is

already indebted to the tune of $11 billion and it is servicing debt

with about 30 percent of its monthly income.
“If with $11 billion debt, 30 percent of the federal government income

is being used to service debt, how much will be used to service debt

when another $29.9 billion debt is added? How can Nigeria survive when

more than 75 percent of its income is being used to service debt?”

While reiterating his support for Mr Eyitayo Jegede as the PDP

candidate in Ondo State, Governor Fayose said; ” I am a member of PDP,

Olusola Oke is a friend and brother and someone I respect, it will

amount to anti-Party for me to come here and campaign for a member of

another party.”
On the federal government’s anti corruption war, Governor Fayose

described the EFCC as an irresponsible organization, saying; “EFCC is

not a responsible organisation,  that’s why they try people on the

pages of newspapers.”