Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that he remained
unmoved by the media trial adopted by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) against him, saying “the anti-corruption
agency and its collaborators in the All Progressives Congress (APC)
should not be in a hurry in their ill-motive, rather they should wait
till 2018 after my tenure when I will confront their lies.”
He said “the EFCC did more than this in 2006 but when I challenged
their cooked up stories on poultry project in the court, the EFCC
failed to substantiate all their allegations against me and their case
crumbled like a pack of cards.”
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and
New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said “the EFCC is at liberty
to continue to use the APC media organs to feed the public with
concocted stories all in an attempt to tarnish my image, cases are
only won and lost in the court, not on the pages of newspapers. If
they are sure of all their claims, can’t they just go to court?
“If what the EFCC and its collaborators are now relying on is a driver
or a source in EFCC that speaking for Zenith Bank, and not the former
National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) that they
claimed gave the former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu
Obanikoro money to give me, goodluck to them.
“The EFCC and its spin doctors can continue to cook up stories and
feed their collaborators in the media. The media trial can continue
unabated, I am not moved. I am more focused, more resolute, I don’t
lose battles. The one that they did in 2006 did not ultimately prevent
me from having a second term as governor of Ekiti State and whatever
they are doing now will also not stop me from handing over to a PDP
governor in 2018.
“I will meet them in court and the whole world will again listen to
their feeble stories as it happened in poultry saga,” he said.
While reiterating his position that the EFCC was only carrying out the
APC agenda to force him out of office or discredit him before the 2018
governorship election, the governor said the EFCC will be asked one
day, why some politicians from Ekiti State now resume and close in
EFCC offices in Lagos and Abuja and are the ones writing stories for
publication in newspapers.
“When you read reports in their newspapers, the words and presentation
are always the same and one wonders whether the two national dailies
and the online medium they are using to spew their lies usually get
their stories from the same source and the source even write the
stories for them just for their reporters to put their names as
bylines,” the governor said.