Fayose to critics: ‘You laughed at Trump’s presidential bid, remember?’

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Fayose, during the formal declaration of interest in contesting for the office of President in Abuja ... on Thursday

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose on Thursday reaffirmed his confidence that he will be Nigeria’s President in 2019.

To those who are deriding him over his decision, the Governor had a reference point — President Donald Trump of the United States whose campaign for the office started off as a bad joke but is today the most powerful man in the world.

He also berated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for arresting two top Ekiti State politicians over alleged mismanagement of bailout funds.

Trump was faced with mountainous opposition from his political party to emerge the flag-bearer. He faced more daunting challenges to beat Hillary, the establishment favourite and wife of former United States President Bill Clinton, to achieve his ambition.

Those who gave reasons won’t be POTUS know better now. I want to be President of Nigeria, that’s what I will be.

 

Fayose’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has zoned the office of president in the 2019 election to the North. But the South West Governor, who threw his hat into the ring on Thursday in unfazed.

In a series of tweets on Thursday evening, the Governor likened himself to President Trump.

He tweeted: “Those who gave reasons won’t be POTUS know better now. I want to be President of Nigeria, that’s what I will be.”

As he was making the formal declaration in Abuja, EFCC officials were busy in his state capital, Ado Ekiti, arresting the Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo, and the Accountant General, Yemisi Owolabi.

The commission’s spokesman, Wilson Uwajaren, confirmed the arrest. In a press statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the commission said that the two Ekiti officials were arrested “following their refusal to honour previous invitations for interrogation in relation to pending investigation on the misuse of bail out funds by the Gov. Ayodele Fayose administration”.

 

They remembered bailout fund the moment I made it public that I was declaring for President. So Ekiti was the only state that got bailout?

The Governor, who had earlier in the day issued a press statement berating the EFCC for the arrest, arguing that it was to checkmate his presidential aspiration, issued a series of twees later in the evening.

He tweeted: “They remembered bailout fund the moment I made it public that I was declaring for President. So Ekiti was the only state that got bailout?”

He continued: “They think they can use to intimidate us, we are waiting. But tell the Villa hawks that last year, they used DSS, it failed.”

Issuing a thinly veiled threat against the current holders of federal power, Fayose tweeted: “The arrestors (sic) of today would be arrested tomorrow.”

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