Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti was in a foul mood yesterday (Monday, June 20) as he confirmed that his personal account at Zenith Bank had been frozen on the orders of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
He paid a visit to a branch of the bank in Ado Ekiti where he was informed that indeed he could no longer transact any business with the account.
And a very angry Fayose issued a statement castigating the EFCC and the government of president Muhammadu Buhari.
“I found out that the EFCC had blocked my account and the account of some of my associates. I see this as illegal. If you want to fight corruption, fight corruption based on rule of law.
“I’m a sitting governor and under Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution I enjoy immunity. When they did this in 2006 based on the poultry project allegation, the court refused to attach my properties.
“You must do anything you want to do within the ambit of the law. This government has no respect for constitutional provisions. They should not be in a hurry; in 2018, I will be done. I will come to them myself. I have become a figure in this country that I have nowhere to go.
“This rascality of the EFCC must stop. Did they not contest election? Where did they get the funds from? Is it because they are the sitting government? So any other person that conducted election apart from the APC is a thief?
“There was a judgment against the wife of the President where she wired $170,000 to Jefferson that was convicted in the Halliburton scandal.
“If she wants to deny that we will publish in the newspapers. The government is more corrupt than ever. How could somebody stealing a cow be pursuing somebody that stole a mouse. They are using force and harassment to intimidate the opposition.
“We will take every legal step to get things right, they can’t continue with this rascality. I’m not leaving this bank until they have given me a statement confirming that because on their system they said my account is restricted by the EFCC. They must put it into writing because the EFCC under the law has no power to touch my property.
“It is not new. I fight everyday and God grants me victory every day. They want to destabilise this state, they want to take the state at all costs and it is not going to be possible. I’m on ground. I’m not going to shy away for life, death or incarceration. They will not coerce me and take away my right.”