By Ademola Atobaba in Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has spoken of an alleged game plan by the South-west All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to again shortchange the North just as former President Olusegun Obasanjo did by nominating late Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua from the North to succeed him in 2007.
Fayose who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary Idowu Adelusi in Ado Ekiti at the weekend said the APC leaders were further encouraged by the mere fact that such a game plan succeeded as the power returned to the South barely three years after the exit of Obasanjo.
According to him, the main reason why the APC leaders gave the ticket to General Muhammadu Buhari was their plan to make the 72 year-old-General who they believe would be too weak to go beyond 2019 to step down for the Vice President.
Fayose who boasted that the APC cannot win the March 28 election said that part of the APC leaders’ game plan should Buhari wins the election is to begin a propaganda two years to the 2019 general election on why Buhari cannot continue in office.
In what he claimed to be a political landmine, Fayose explained that Tinubu and others had mapped out step by step propaganda that will portray Buhari as too old to continue as the President so that there will be clamour for his vice who could be the present Pastor Yemi Osibajo or Tinubu himself to take over from as is been practiced constitutionally and conventionally.
The Governor said: “it is very clear that APC and Buhari cannot win but we need to expose their game plan so that the North don’t fall into their deceit.
“They have many options, and supposed Buhari lives beyond their imagination. By 2017, they will begin by using the media to discuss his age, they will say he is too weak, old and sickly to go for second term.
“They will say that Buhari’ s Vice who may be Osinbajo or Tinubu should step in. Their lawyers are there to raise constitutional provisions to back up their agenda.”
Fayose stressed also that by doing so, the Tinubu and southern planners would have successfully shortchanged the North of their entitled eight year stint at the presidency.
The Ekiti Governor reminds the Northern political stakeholders of what happened in the case of the imposition of late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua by Obasanjo who knew before hand that the ailing former President would not be able to complete his term which has now become an advantage to the southern part of the country and a shortchange to the north.
He warned the northern leaders not to fall to the selfish plans of the southern political vampire as represented by Asiwaju Tinubu and others in the APC saying the north should rather wait till 2019 when they would present a young, intelligent, healthy and dynamic candidate.
Fayose reminded the North that as chairman of PDP fact finding committee on suitable candidate to replace Obasanjo, he presented a list of competent hands for Obasanjo to pick from but went for Yar’ Adua who never showed interest due to ill health.
“I still maintain that if one of those in my committee’s list had been picked to replace Obasanjo , a northern will still be in power till 2015. “Therefore, the North should not listen to those who want to shortchange them the second time, ” said Fayose.