Controversial governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose has sounded a warning to voters as Ghana heads to the polls to elect a president on 7 December 2016.
Fayose urged Ghanaians to vote incumbent ruler, President John Mahama (pictured above, right), at the polls, or face economic hardship and recession if they opt for “change” – something he says his own country experienced when they booted out Goodluck Jonathan for President Muhammadu Buhari (pictured above, left) at the 2015 Nigerians presidential elections.
Fayose who was speaking while receiving Ghanaian clergymen at the Ekiti State Government House on Saturday 19 November 2016, narrated:
“Ghanaians should not succumb to the deceit of the opposition party that are calling for a change of government. Rather, they should return the incumbent President, John Mahama, who has no doubt done creditably well to deserve a re-election.
“Ghanaians should know that the change in Nigeria brought hunger, suffering, disregard for the rule of law as well as arrest and detention of Nigerians without trial and be mindful of those preaching change to them.
“Most importantly, the situation in Ghana at present is similar to that of Nigeria. Like President Muhammadu Buhari, opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo has contested the presidency two times. This is the third time he is contesting. He is also 74 year-old.
“In Nigeria, change is synonymous with economic recession that is even getting to the level of depression. Even majority of those who brought the change are now regretting it.
“Therefore, tell your people in Ghana that Nigerians are already regretting the change they made last year, which has plunged the country into serious economic hardship.
“Tell them to learn from Nigerians and reject those preaching message of change to them. They should hold on to the government that they have now and beware of a change that will take their country to economic recession.”