The Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose has appealed to Nigerians to send President Muhammadu Buhari to his hometown of Daura in Katsina state in 2019.
Though Buhari has not indicated interest in seeking another term, it is typical of incumbents to seek a second term in office.
In a statement issued on his behalf by Lere Olayinka, his special assistant on pubic communications and new media, Fayose said the controversy trailing the 2016 budget has shown that the president is “clueless and incompetent”.
“Nigerians should expect more blunders like this until they send Buhari back to Daura in 2019,” the statement read.
“Nigerians must have now come to terms that I warned them that Buhari is too old to govern a country like Nigeria. I warned Nigerians of the consequences of electing an octogenarian as president and with the international embarrassment that this budget crisis has become, I have been vindicated.”
Fayose also alleged that Buhari’s ministers do not have access to him, saying the president is challenged by the responsibility that goes with his office.
“It is obvious that there is total disconnection between the president and his cabinet members as many of the ministers don’t even have access to him probably because the president spends most of his time resting as a result of his old age,” he said.
“The reality is that the president is challenged by age, exposure and ability. He did not read the budget proposal that he presented to the national assembly and this should be a lesson for those who clamoured for a Buhari’s presidency that no man can give what he does not have.
“The question is; can a minister present supplementary budget to the national assembly and can the national assembly act on budget proposal submitted by a minister?
“It is shameful that after blaming former President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for close to one year, the presidency is now blaming the national assembly for its inability to prepare a common budget.”
Fayose commended the national assembly for exposing the “lies and hypocrisy” of the presidency, and encouraged the legislative arm of government not to succumb to “blackmail and intimidation”.