Continue praising Buhari – Presidential aide tells Fayose

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Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti State in a handshake with President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo credit: The Nation].

Following his commendation to President Muhammadu Buhari for making June 12 the new day in the country, Ayodele Fayose, former Ekiti State governor, has been told to continue praising the president.

Democracy day previously celebrated on May 29 was shifted to June 12 on the proposal of Mr Buhari to commemorate MKO Abiola, presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election.

Mr Abiola had the election that produced him as winner annulled by the military led by former military leader, Ibrahim Babangida.

The president, during the celebration on Wednesday which was not attended by past leaders, renamed the national stadium to reflect the name of the presumed election winner.

Previous administrations who attempted to immortalize Abiola failed to do so. The attempt of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, to rename a tertiary institution after him met brick walls.

Reacting to the development, the former governor commending Buhari, slammed former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, for failing to honour the late Abiola.

Mr Fayose has been urged by a presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, to continue praising the president whom the former governor has been attacking during his reign as Ekiti governor.

“Former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has commended Pres. @MBuhari for honouring Abiola who was the winner of the June 12 1993 presidential election that was annulled by then military Head of State, Gen Babangida,” Ms Onochie tweeted Friday evening.

“Me: This is a good development.
Keep it up, #PeterTheRock,” she added.

Mr Fayose is not the only opposition figure to have commended the president for rescheduling the democracy day. A former Aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, had towed same line as the former governor.

The duo are facing corruption trials instituted against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Meanwhile, properties traced to the former governor and sealed by the EFCC has been unsealed.