Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose and the lawmaker representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Buruji Kashamu, yesterday, disagreed over the best way to criticise President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Both Fayose and Kashamu are chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
While Governor Fayose accused the president and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of duping Nigerians by obtaining their votes by trick, Kashamu urged the Buhari’s critics to shun destructive criticism.
Buhari, APC duped Nigerians – Fayose
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said; “Everything Buhari and his party promised Nigerians when they were looking for votes, they have denied and it won’t be a surprise if one day, Buhari also deny that he was elected on the platform of APC.”
He, however, described the president’s renunciation of the N5, 000 stipend promised unemployed youths and Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed’s claim that creation of three million jobs per year was not promised by the APC as the “peak of political 419 that the President and his party represent.”
Fayose said: “They have not fulfilled any of the promises they made to Nigerians. In fact, they have even told us that they never made any promise. It is close to one year that Buhari assumed office; no single job has been created. Instead of the three million jobs per year that they promised, what we have been witnessing is job losses, economic hardship and budget padding”
The Ekiti governor also faulted President Buhari’s declaration of support for Palestine and description of Palestinians as his brothers and sisters accusing the President of making Nigeria a full Islamic State.
According to him, “Even though I am a lover of Muslims, I relate with them as I do with Christians in the State and across the country, but Nigeria must remain secular and a free nation where its citizens proclaim the name of Jesus Christ and Allah freely.”
The governor said the moment President Buhari disowned his own campaign document he knew that Nigerians had been duped.
Kashamu disagrees with Buhari critics
Meantime, Kashamu, also a chieftain of the PDP, said rather than aiming at destroying Buhari’s administration, his government should be criticised constructively and without any malice.
The lawmaker stated this in Ijebu-Igbo during an empowerment programme.
He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari is on course. Why it looks as if there are some dislocations is because of the blockage of lose funds and sources of financial leakages in the system. I am persuaded that in a short while things will pick up.
‘’Nigerians should not allow politicians to deceive them. We tend to play politics with everything. We forget that the elections or campaigns are over. Now, we have a government in place. We should rise above selfish and narrow partisan interest and join hands to build our country by offering constructive advice just as some senior citizens like Prof. Wole Soyinka and Chief Emeka Anyaoku have done. We have no other country than Nigeria.’’