APC, not a party of saints, Buhari not the Pope – Fayemi

By Post Nigeria April 27, 2015 11:34

APC, not a party of saints, Buhari not the Pope – Fayemi

Former governor of Ekiti State and chief strategist for the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential campaign, Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Monday stated that the APC was not a party of saints, neither was Muhammadu Buhari the Pope.

When asked how the APC could claim to represent change with so many Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftains joining the party, Fayemi, who was speaking on BBC’s Hard Talk, explained that they have no objection to members of the PDP as the APC had never claimed to be a collection of saints.

“We’ve never said the APC is a conclave of cardinals electing the pope. We are a social democratic party.

“The 5 [PDP] governors who joined APC joined at the nascent stage of APC. We are not saying that APC is automatically a saintly alliance,” he said.

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Fayemi also spoke on many issues ranging from Buhari’s acceptance speech to his ability to handle Nigeria’s problems.

When asked on his acceptance speech where Buhari said he wants to focus on corruption, insecurity and the economy, Fayemi said, “Anyone who is found to have behaved badly, would be dealt with.”

On the 20billion dollars missing according to former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, he said, “If you come up voluntary to return the stolen money, Buhari would not object to that.”

Asked if Buhari will prosecute those who returned the stolen state funds, he said, “Returning the funds is a form of justice.”

Regarding amnesty for corruption, Fayemi said, “There would be a range of alternatives. What is important to us is that Nigeria needs all the money that has been stolen.”

He also said, “President-elect Buhari is going to be a president to all Nigerians, even those who did not vote for him.”

The question about part’s plan for the Niger-Delta, was answered thus: “Buhari would review all the programmes of the Niger-Delta.”

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Nigeria’s security challenges will receive the “carrot and stick” approach from the Buhari government, Fayemi said.

“Boko haram would not only be responded to by a law and order approach, it would take a developmental approach, carrot and stick.”

Asked if the alleged missing 219 Chibok girls will be rescued by the incoming administration, he said, “We are committed in ensuring that the girls are rescued.”

On the policy of Buhari in tackling economic decline, Fayemi did not give any economic policy explanation but he simply said, “Leadership defines everything. Economic prowess would come because corruption can stop.

“We also would ensure that it is placed in the hands of those who can generate wealth. We would also begin to reduce the dependency on the oil sector.”

On Nigeria leading the cause of African leadership, he said, “Nigeria has a responsibility for Africa.”

When quizzed on xenophobia in South Africa he said, “It’s a sad day for Africa, Africa has to take a responsibility on it.”