Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has challenged the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to make public the statement
it has extracted from the former National Security Adviser , NSA, Col.
Sambo Dasuki, in its ongoing probe of money meant for the purchase of
arms and the funding of the last general elections in the country.
He also said the agency should publish his personal accounts it has
frozen to let the whole world know what are contained therein.
The governor threw the challenge at the weekend while featuring on an
interview programme on a radio station, Fresh FM.
In a statement issued yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr
Idowu Adelusi, the governor opined that by publishing Dasuki’s
statement, it would at least show whether the ex-NSA gave money to the
former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro or
anybody to give to Fayose.
“What I am facing in Ekiti is a war of the elite and incidentally, it
is the masses that vote people into office. We know some failed Ekiti
politicians who now resume daily in EFCC office to concoct stories and
give same to their commissioned newspapers to publish. It is only one
or two newspapers that always have their so-called exclusive stories
and they follow the same pattern.
“The EFCC is only engaged in mind game. They think they can wear me
out, that is not possible as God is on my side because I stand for the
truth. EFCC has not told Nigerians how money was wired to me. They
must be responsible to do investigation that would not be a media
issue. What the EFCC and their APC collaborators are trying to do is
to set the people of the state against me and they have failed.
“In my two accounts that they have frozen, I have N300 million in the
fixed deposit one and N82 million in the other. Both accounts and my
properties were duly declared in my Asset Declaration Form. They are
treading the same 2006 path and they will fail woefully by the grace
of God. What they did in 2006, the Supreme Court declared it illegal
and I came back to office exactly eight years after. It means one of
us lied and was mischievous,” he said.
Fayose also challenged the APC and its leaders to also tell the people
how their own elections were funded, noting that a defector from the
PDP to the APC should not suddenly become an angel or a saint.
“We cannot all be in the APC, if we are then, we are no longer
practising democracy. There must be opposition and that is to keep
those in government on their toes, but if you now make silencing the
opposition as your main programme, then, you are short changing the
people. The people are hungry, they are ravaged by poverty and what
you think is the best step to take is to kill the voice of the
opposition. If the situation was this bad, the PDP would have been
removed from office long time ago,” he added.
On the June 21, 2014 governorship election that brought him to
office, Fayose said Dr Kayode Fayemi and APC leaders conceded defeat
and that both local and international observers described the poll as
free and fair.
“After the APC leaders failed to stop my inauguration, get me
impeached, they know that they will still lose again in 2018. What
they are trying to do is to create a wedge between me and the people
of the state who love me. As far as I am concerned, their project is
dead on arrival. The voice of the people is the voice of God,” he
On the claim by the APC-led Federal Government that massive fraud
during the Goodluck Jonathan administration was responsible for its
poor performance, Fayose said it was only a lazy worker that would
complain about his tools.
“President Barack Obama, despite what he inherited from the Republican
administration, still made the difference. The problem we have is not
about the vehicle, but the driver. Let them give account of what they
have realised as revenue, as recovered funds and the billions of
dollars found in people’s houses all over the world. We want to know
what has become of the funds,” he stated.
The governor urged Nigerians to always carefully dissect every
information churned out by the party in power, saying the APC was
leading the country as if it was still seeking the votes of the
This, the governor noted, “is why the government is more involved in
propaganda than really informing the people about what is actually