Nigerian Governors Forum has refuted Governor Ayodele Fayose’s claim, saying Fayose is acting on his own.
The governor also drew attention to the fact that fayose was not at the meeting when the money was approved by the federal government to tackle insurgency and so therefore he should not be taken seriously.
In a statement made available to BigPen Online, the chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state stated that the decision to allow the government access the money was a collective one by the governors’ forum.
“I am saying that that statement by Governor Fayose was an unfair cut against the forum.
“When a decision is taken by the forum in one’s absence, once there was a quorum at the meeting where the decision was taken, it becomes binding on all. I am sure Fayose was not making the statement to undermine the forum. He was just doing his thing”, he said.
“If Fayose was there at the meeting, he would have seen the wisdom in his decision. Yes, the administration is claiming to have decimated the insurgents out of Sambisa forest but they are re-emerging in different flashpoints across the country. Governor Fayose is on his own. We have to protect our people and we have to do it with everything we have”, he said.
Addressing rumors that the money may have been approved for funding President Buhari’s re-election bid, he said, “Let me emphasize one more thing, Mr. President is a responsible and honest leader who does not believe in money politics and he would never divert public resources into it”.