The presidency says one that Buhari-led government in its three years of staying in power, has not used the police or DSS to topple the government of any state government like past administrations had done especially Obasanjo’s administration.
Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement titled ”The real price of change-the-change campaign (2)”, reminded Nigerians of how a certain president used his power to topple the government of some state governors that refused to do his bidding. Although he did not mention any name, facts presented in his statement shows that he was referring to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration.
”When they ran the government at the centre, the opposition PDP showed aptitude in only one thing:
The toppling of elected state governments using the police and secret service under their control. A five-man legislature met at 6:00 am and “impeached” Governor Dariye in Plateau; 18 members out of 32 removed Governor Ladoja of Oyo from office; in Anambra, APGA’s Governor Obi was equally impeached at 5:00 a.m. by members who did not meet the two-thirds required by the constitution.
His offence was that he refused to inflate the state’s budget. The lawmakers had reportedly met with representatives of the President in Asaba , Delta State and then accompanied to Awka by heavy security provided by the police Mobile Unit. The PDP President at that time had reportedly told Obi to forget re-election in 2007 if he did not join the PDP because he (the President) would not support a non-PDP member.
In Ekiti, Governor Fayose in his first term faced allegations of financial corruption and murder. Following the failure to heed the instruction of the presidency to impeach only Fayose and spare the deputy, Madam Olujimi, now a senator, the PDP President declared that there was a breakdown of law and order in the state and declared a state of emergency. He appointed Brig-Gen. Adetunji Olurin (rtd) as the sole administrator of the state on October 19, 2006. In an earlier incident in Anambra, it took an insider collaboration to thwart the unseating of Governor Ngige by a powerful thug sponsored by the PDP administration.