‘Do not make mistake Nigerians made last year’
By Joseph Ojumu
Days ahead of the forthcoming December 7 presidential election in Ghana, the Governor of Ekiti State in South West Nigeria, Mr Ayodele Fayose has reportedly pleaded with Ghanaian voters to avoid making the mistake made by Nigerian voters in the 2015 presidential election when they ostensibly voted for change.
In a statement that is being interpreted bu political analysts as a clear endorsement of the candidacy of serving President John Dramani Mahama, Fayose lamented that the costly mistake made by Nigerians had brought hunger, suffering and economic recession to the country, such that even the entire West African sub-region is being affected.
He said “by buying into the All Progressives Congress (APC) message of change, Nigerians are now facing a kind of hunger and suffering never experienced in the country in the last 30 years and Ghanaians must not fall into that kind of trap.”
Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday that Governor Fayose made this call while playing host to faith leaders from Ghana.
The governor said; “Ghanaians should not succumb to the deceit of the opposition party that are calling for a change of government. Rather, they should return the incumbent President, John Mahama, who has no doubt done creditably well to deserve a re-election.
“Ghanaians should know that the change in Nigeria brought hunger, suffering, disregard for the rule of law as well as arrest and detention of Nigerians without trial and be mindful of those preaching change to them.
“Most importantly, the situation in Ghana at present is similar to that of Nigeria. Like President Mohammadu Buhari, opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo has contested the presidency two times. This is the third time he is contesting. He is also 74 year-old.
“In Nigeria, change is synonymous with economic recession that is even getting to the level of depression. Even majority of those who brought the change are now regretting it.
“Therefore, tell your people in Ghana that Nigerians are already regretting the change they made last year, which has plunged the country into serious economic hardship. Tell them to learn from Nigerians and reject those preaching message of change to them. They should hold on to the government that they have now and beware of a change that will take their country to economic recession.”FacebookTwitterGoogle+WhatsAppShareat 15:55:00
There were no responses from the camps of both Mahama and Akuffo-Addo to the remarks as at press time.