Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has praised the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi for his courage and action during the 2023 election in Nigeria.
Speaking on Thursday about the various happenings that surrounded the 2023 general elections in Nigeria, Fayose said Peter Obi was able to do what no other politician had done in recent times.
Fayose said the LP candidate succeeded in exposing the challenges and inadequacies of Nigeria’s political system.
“Obi came like a hurricane and did what no one has done, he exposed everyone. Our leaders are products of the Nigerian society, The system is sick and no candidate is innocent,” Fayose said during an interview with Arise TV.
The former Ekiti State Governor Fayose further called for a thorough assessment of the Nigerian system at all levels, saying that change would never occur until this is done.
He said the blame for the outcome of the 2023 election can’t be placed on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) alone as the commission is a reflection of the failure of the Nigerian system.
Fayose blamed the “weak” Nigerian system, including the judiciary to the national security agencies, to the media and urged Nigerians to stop pointing accusing fingers.
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In his words, “INEC is just one party to the parties of this whole issue on ground. INEC does not carry guns; does not have powers to do certain things other than ensure the free and fair election in the country. The police and military are to blame and largely the politicians.”
On his support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Tinubu, Fayose said he has done nothing wrong, adding that it was a corporate decision of the G5 Governors to support a southern candidate since the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) refused to honour the power rotation agreement that should have given its 2023 presidential ticket to a southerner.
He added that the failure of the PDP to respect the zoning agreement also resulted in the departure of Obi, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and others who slashed the party’s vote considerably during the just concluded election.
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