WOLE BALOGUN, Ado Ekiti
Former governor of Ekiti State and South West Coordinator of the Atiku/Obi Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has asked Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisah Buhari, to liberate her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, from the vice hold of the cabal she said had incapacitated him. He said she needed to do that first before campaigning for his re-election, adding that before Nigerians would take her seriously, she should explain what had happened to the cabal she said took over her husband’s government and caused its failure.
Fayose said Aisha Buhari would be insulting the sensibilities of Nigerians by asking them to re-elect the same man she asked them to help rescue from the cabal that hijacked his government after she said he was not in charge. He asked: “Has President Buhari been rescued from the hands of the cabal that his wife said ran his government aground?”
At a conference in Abuja last December, Aisha said that a cabal had hijacked her husband’s government, declaring that he was not in charge. She described the cabal as two powerful people in her husband’s government who were sabotaging all his efforts.
The First Lady, however, is currently heading the women wing of the campaign team of the president.
In a release by Fayose’s media aid, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said: “In October 2016, the First Lady told Nigerians the truth about the incapacitation of her husband and went on to say that should things continue till 2019 like they were in 2016, she won’t go out and campaign for him and ask any woman to vote like she did before.
“In December last year, she reinforced this position by claiming that a cabal controlling her husband’s government made it to fail. This is January 2019 and the question the First Lady must be asked is: what positive change has Buhari’s government made on Nigeria and its people between 2016 and now?
“Is the First Lady going to be campaigning to Nigerians to subject themselves to another four years of the country under the same cabal that she had accused of running her husband’s government aground?
“Most importantly, what will Aisha Buhari be telling those women whose husbands and children were killed by rampaging herdsmen? What will she tell the women whose husband are among the over 12 million Nigerians that lost their jobs in the last three years? What will be her message to the women who can no longer feed their children owing to over 300 percent increment in the price of food items?
“Rather than wasting public fund jumping up and down to seek the votes of Nigerians for a husband that is not in charge of his government, what the First Lady should do is to assist Buhari to pack his things in readiness for his exit from the Presidential Villa this year.”