Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari was using an equally corrupt Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to fight corruption in Nigeria, insisting that the President must start the corruption fight from his party and immediate aides since charity begins from home.
He said, “EFCC opinions remain their opinions and if they are so sure of whatever information they have, they should go to court and stop subjecting Nigerians to media trial and no amount of media trial from the same elements that orchestrated my removal in 2006 can erode my popularity among Ekiti people.”
He said any property that may be linked to him or his company was bought legitimately and his properties were duly declared in his assets declaration form and sources of such funds were not illicit.
Fayose also maintained that his election was funded by Zenith Bank as well as donations from friends and associates, adding that; “As a promising candidate of my party, I cannot stop Nigerians from supporting my election like every other candidates of other political party, including President Buhari.”
He said since the money he got for his election was from legitimate sources and not from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) as alleged, how the money was spent remained his own business and not that of anyone.
The governor also debunked the reported allegation by the EFCC that he received bribe from any contractor in Ekiti; saying; “if they have anything against me, they should keep their gun powder dry.
“Because in 2006 when they took me to court, their allegations crumbled like pack of cards because court decisions are founded on facts and law, and not on media trial as currently being done by the EFCC as teleguided by the APC in their desperation to set the people against me knowing fully that they are not on ground.”
Governor Fayose said “The EFCC should be told in clear terms that this is 2016 and not 2006 when impeachment notices against governors were signed on the table of EFCC operatives. Those who are teleguiding the EFCC now should also be reminded that they did more than what they are doing now in 2006, yet I was overwhelmingly voted for by the Ekiti people eight years after the orchestrated impeachment which the Supreme Court declared illegal.”
The governor asked; “Should Nigerians now conclude that EFCC is an appendage of APC? Is the EFCC for investigation of corrupt practices among all Nigerians or members of opposition parties alone?”
The governor said; “As at today, I have not been accused of stealing a dime from Ekiti treasury. EFCC has not also said that Ekiti money was stolen and that my election was funded with Ekiti State money.”
He maintained that he will continue to speak his mind on issues affecting Nigerians and can never be cowed, saying; “Nigerians are suffering. States can no longer pay workers salary, a litre of kerosene is now N220, a bag of rice is now N20,000 and some people will sit in Presidential Villa and expect that all of us should keep silent? That’s not possible.
“No amount of media trial by agents of the Buhari-led APC government will make me to stop baring my mind on the cluelessness of the Federal Government,” he concluded.
- Daniel Fayemi for encomium.com