Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has lambasted the Department of State Security (DSS), describing the agency as shameful and irresponsible for allegedly leaking Nigerians’ phone conversations to an online media.
He said the DSS is now in the business of recording telephone conversations of Nigerians perceived as critical of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) government, editing the conversations and leaking same to a particular online media house.
Fayose, who said the trend is now the official propaganda platform of the Federal Government, added that he was not bothered by the new sinister antic of the Buhari-led government.
“Rather than sitting down and be monitoring peoples phones, the federal government should provide food for Nigerians and save the lives of those that are being killed in Southern Kaduna and other places,” he said.
He was reacting to a trending audio recording where a voice said to be his was heard conversing with someone else said to be governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, on his (Wike’s) sharp maneuverer during the Rivers State rerun elections on December 10.
In a statement he released on Thursday through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose added, “If the President and his hatchet men in the DSS, EFCC and other federal government agencies do not know what to do other than to record phone conversations of their perceived political foes, they should just resign and save the country from this harrowing experience.”
The two voices in the leaked audio conversation were heard discrediting the Nigerian Army and recounting what they viewed as heroic acts of the Rivers State governor during the rerun election in rivers state that was marred with mayhem and sundry electoral violence.
The conversation went thus:
Wike: Ayodele baba!
Wike: Ayodele my son!
Fayose: If I slap you. You think I’m Nigerian Army member?
Wike: Nigerian Army does not exist again now!
Fayose: Ah, Wike, you tried!
Wike: (Laughter) Ha! Ha! Ha….!
Fayose: Everybody has been calling me! Wike, you are the man! You faced the whole country’s military threat…
Fayose: They were shooting where you went o..!
Wike: My brother, you have to fight to the last o! My boys everybody stood firm, you have to fight to the last. Kill everybody you can kill… Everybody you can kill!
Fayose: Ah! You’re the man of the year! This one is too much for one person! Everyone couldn’t know the way forward!
Fayose: You went to collating centre!
Wike: Yes, I had to storm there!
Fayose: Eh! The video is all over now! See the way they’re shooting!
Fayose: All over! A-a-a-ah! Congrats!
Wike: My brother, thank Gof for everything. It is Gof.
Fayose: I’m sure we are still going to go to court against them for the other one.
Wike: Of course. Of course! We’ll fight it out!
Fayose: You’ve done well for all of us!
Wike: We thank God my brother!
Fayose: I’ll call you later.
The audio leak was the second allegedly involving Wike. In the first audio leak he was heard discussing the bribe he gave to officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who consented to help rig the elections in the state.
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