Chairman of governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Rochas Okorocha, has slammed Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose on his comment that President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on medical vacation in London, was on life support.
Okorocha speaking in his capacity as Chairman of the progressives governors' forum, also stated that all the apparatuses of the nation’s government have been handed over to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, pending the return of President Buhari.
Okorocha, in an interview with State House correspondents in Abuja, advised Nigerians to disregard Fayose’s comment on Buhari’s health, describing the comments as baseless.
“As you are aware, we are passing through a very difficult time in our nation and we have a lot of challenges— political, economical, social, cultural and what have you.
“I want to advise that this is what many great nations of the world have passed through before getting to their point of greatness and Nigeria will not be an exception. We must see this time as a trying period for Nigeria and by the grace of God, we shall overcome.
“This called to question the recent statement created to Governor Fayose over the health of Mr. President. I want to advise that Fayose’s statement should not be regarded. It is baseless and there is no substance in that information. What he said is not right, it is uncalled for and that is simply over heating the polity.
“Moreover, the country is stable. The Acting President is doing a beautiful job, he is meeting up the daily duties of Mr. President. There is no vacuum and so there is no cause for alarm.
“We must at this point give every support to Mr. President and we are hoping that very soon Mr. President will come back and join us.
On the call by Fayose for the resignation of President Buhari, Okorocha said the Ekiti governor lacked the powers to make such call.
“Well, i have just said that even the speculation he is making is wrong, it is unfounded. And if anybody is to speak about the President’s health, Fayose does not have the qualifications to speak for the nation on whether Mr. President should resign or stay.
“It is not in our culture, it is not in our tradition. We sympathise with those who go through pains of ill-health, at that time we don’t wish them death, we wish them well. And Mr. President’s office is properly taken care of by Mr. Acting President of Nigeria until Mr. President comes back home and continues his work and finishes his term. But to say he should resign is cheap talk and does not make sense in anyway.”