Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said that his attacks on the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, was nothing personal but a resolve to expose what he described as hypocrisy of APC leaders who he accused of placing personal interests above national interest.
Fayose, who was reacting to criticisms that had trailed his campaign for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP and his persistent attacks on Buhari, spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday,
According to him, the APC has not only packaged lies and tried to foist such on Nigerians, it has also compromised the Independent National Electoral Commission to rig the election earlier scheduled for February 14.
He added: “I remember then as the ad hoc chairman of the PDP committee to shop for the presidential candidate to replace former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a crop of suitable, brilliant, healthy and competent northern politicians in the PDP were shortlisted by me for Obasanjo to pick from, but he overruled the list and asked me to contact the late Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua because he preferred him.
“In fairness to the late President, he objected to the offer on health grounds, but Obasanjo insisted that he must be the President.”
Fayose wondered why Buhari could not appear at the APC organised rally in London on Wednesday if indeed he was not on hospital bed.
He maintained that the Chatham House lecture was a measure hurriedly put together to cover the true position of Buhari’s health, adding that most of those attacking him were doing so because he stuck out his neck to expose the lies of the APC.
Fayose said after he proved to the world that Buhari was interviewed in Abuja and not in London, the APC had not been able to prove him wrong.