Fayose to submit self to EFCC in October, APC suspects move
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has written the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the freeze of his account, promising to submit himself for probe once he hands over office to governor-elect Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday, 16th October.
The Governor, in a letter dated September 10, said he would report himself to the anti-graft agency to “clarify issues or answer questions” within his knowledge.
Fayose accused the EFCC of “several and serial actions including, but not limited” to the freezing of his accounts and attempting to “secure forfeiture” of his properties, which he insists was indicative of Commission’s desire to have him clarify some issues.
“I wish to inform you that my term of office pursuant to which I enjoy immunity against investigation and prosecution under the above provision shall lapse by effluxion of time on Monday 15 October 2018,”
“As a responsible citizen of our great country who believes in the rule of law I wish to inform you of my decision to make myself available in your office on Tuesday, October 16th at 1 pm to clarify issues or answer questions within my knowledge,” the letter read.
Recall that the EFCC had tweeted via its verified twitter handle @officialEFCC on July 15, that it had dusted a N1.3 billion fraud case against the governor. The spokesman of the commission had since clarified that the purported tweet does not represent the views of the EFCC.
In a related development, The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State on Wednesday described as suspicious and diversionary the offer by Governor Fayose to voluntarily surrender himself to the EFCC on the day he will be vacating office.
Publicity Secretary of the Party in the State, Taiwo Olatunbosun however insists that the governor was seeking safe landing and an opportunity to run away from the country.
He further questioned the rationale behind Fayose’s request for approval of N10 billion supplementary budget by the State House of Assembly less than a month to the expiration of his tenure.
“Fayose and his cronies are recklessly looting the state treasury and they are smiling home with billions of Naira at the expense of Ekiti tax payers, ” the party said.
The party, which described Fayose’s readiness to appear before the EFCC as a welcome development, however, warned that this may be a decoy, knowing Fayose is full of pranks and capable of playing tricks on the EFCC and other security agencies.’’
” The letter to the EFCC can be used by Fayose as a distraction and diversionary tactic to pave way for his escape from the country, thereby running away from justice.
“Fayose’s promise to appear before the anti-graft agency on the handover day sounds too good to be true and highly suspicious ”
“We therefore recommend that he be put under serious close surveillance since he is morally and duty bound to account for many of his recklessly corrupt practices that have made him billions of state money richer than the state itself ”
“No matter how smart Fayose thinks he is and no matter how fast he thinks he can run, the long arm of the law must catch up with him to refund our collective wealth and money for the benefit of all in our dear state, Ekiti,’’ the party said