From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
Governor Ayo Fayose has said President Muhammadu Buhari should not contemplate declaring a state of emergency in Ekiti and Rivers states.
Fayose said this following rumours making the round that the Federal Government was contemplating imposition of state of emergency in Ekiti and Rivers over perceived insecurity in the states.
The Ekiti governor warned that such measure will not work in the two states.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after the opening of the National Economic Council (NEC) retreat on the economy at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, the governor urged Buhari to bear in mind that power now resides with the people.
“They have been insinuating that in Ekiti. We have been waiting for them. Power has gone beyond the leaders, power has gone back to the people. There are certain things leaders will do today, you will eat it tomorrow.
“You want to declare state of emergency, declare it and we will tell you that the state of emergency will not work . This country belongs to all of us.”
It would be recalled that Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike had also, over the weekend, alleged that some people were creating problems in his state to make the Federal Government to impose a state of emergency there.
Wike said such ploy will not work because the PDP was more popular in the state. The Department of State Security (DSS) recently raided the Ekiti State House of Assembly where the personnel were reported to have arrested eight lawmakers while one of the lawmakers was being detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Fayose condemned the weekend’s National Assembly and State House of Assembly re-elections especially because of what he said was their militarization.
He described the situation in Rivers as a service of ego of some individuals who believe they have control on the Federal Government.