Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has publicly rejected the call from the Senate President Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan that Nigerians should stand with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Lawan had in a statement congratulating Buhari on his 78th birthday on Thursday urged Nigerians to join Buhari to build the nation.
The statement reads “I heartily felicitate with His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, as he marks his 78th birthday on Thursday. I join family members, friends, officials and associates of the President in rejoicing with him for marking the occasion in good health and good spirit.
“Mr President, in all the years of his leadership of our country has shown undeniable commitment to the unity, peace and even development of Nigeria.
“From the ongoing massive infrastructure projects across the country, series of programmes targeted at lifting the most vulnerable, like the social investment scheme, to the numerous bold initiatives of his government aimed at diversifying the economy.
“President Buhari is leveraging on his integrity and good standing with the masses to courageously guide Nigeria through a difficult phase into future prosperity I urge every citizen to look at the big picture and continue to stand with the President in this patriotic mission.
“As a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), I am also delighted with President Buhari over the process he has set in motion for reforming and rebuilding our great party for fulfilling its historic mission of leading Nigeria into political stability and economic prosperity.
“On our part, the ninth National Assembly will continue to work harmoniously with the President for the peace and development of Nigeria and the well-being of our people
“On this august occasion of your birthday, Mr President, I pray that God would continue to imbue you with wisdom, courage and good health to continue to safely pilot the ship of the nation towards the dream of its people.
Reacting to the statement, Fayose on his verified Twitter handle, wrote “Nigerians can’t stand with Buhari anymore. While I am are not against congratulating President Buhari on his disputable 78 years, I reject such call from the Senate President that Nigerians should stand with the President. It is such an unfair call”.