says; “EFCC should stop media trial”

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has declared that President
Mohammadu Buhari was using an equally corrupt Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stamp out corruption in Nigeria, insisting
that the President must start the corruption fight from his party and
immediate aides since charity begins from home.

The governor 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 that 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.

In a release issued on Wednesday by the Special Assistant to the
Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka,
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, 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 being concocted, 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.”

He said “having failed to buy the conscience of Ekiti House of
Assembly members, the APC people have become increasingly afraid of
2018 and that the agencies of the Federal Government should know that
no matter how hard they try, Ekiti electorate will not be deceived by
their blackmail and media trial.

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.”

Accusing the EFCC of carrying out the APC agenda to force him out of
office as was done in 2006, the governor said; “It is sad that some
politicians from Ekiti State now resume and close in EFCC offices in
Lagos and Abuja and we wonder whether those politicians have now taken
over the job of EFCC.”

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.”


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