Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the party’s Deputy National Chairman, Chief Segun Oni and other critics of his letter to Chinese Government to stop the $2 billion loan sought by the Federal Government as political hypocrites.
Odigie-Oyegun, Oni and others had criticised Fayose for writing the Chinese Government to stop the loan and other scathing remarks on President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reacting to their comments on Monday, Fayose described President Buhari’s non-signing of any direct loan agreement with the Chinese Government during his visit as a vindication of his position.
He maintained that what Nigeria needs is the collaboration of the government of China in the area of technology transfer, rather than granting loan which will be mismanaged under the guise of building infrastructure.
In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Monday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said: “People like Odigie-Oyegun, Oni and Prof Itse Sagay lack the moral rights to complain even if President Buhari is called whatever names because they never complained when as a sitting president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan was called unprintable names by APC stalwarts and leaders.”
Governor Fayose said he only exercised his rights as a Nigerian and asked; “Where were the likes of Odigie-Oyegun, Oni, Prof Itse Sagay and others when APC promoted crude politics and anti-Nigeria posturing to an unprecedented level when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in power?”
He continued: “It is on record that APC wrote to the United States of America not to sell arms to Nigeria, reported the country to the European Union, United Nations and went to the bizarre extent of reporting the then Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, to the International Criminal Court (ICC), not for committing the kind of genocide committed against the Shiite Muslims in Zaria and the Fulani herdsmen against the Agatu in Benue, but for killing Boko Haram insurgents.
The governor said since the government claimed it has recovered and is still recovering trillions of naira allegedly looted from the treasury, there was no need to borrow money from anywhere to finance the 2016 Budget.