Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has dared the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to make public his frozen person bank accounts for the world to see. He also berated the anti-graft agency for refusing to publish the statement it extracted from the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki over the alleged diversion of funds meant for the purchase of arms and the funding of the last general elections in the country.
He stated this over the weekend during an interview programme in a radio station, Fresh FM, in Ibadan, Oyo State.
“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 for publication. It is only one or two newspapers that always have their so-called exclusive stories and they follow the same pattern,” Fayose said in a statement issued on Sunday, July 24, by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi.
“The EFCC is only engaged in a 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. What the EFCC and their collaborators are trying to do is to set the people of the state against me and they have failed.”
“For my two accounts they frozen, I have N300 million in the fixed deposit in 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, was declared illegal by the Supreme Court and I came back to office exactly eight years after. It means one of us lied,” he said.
Also speaking the June 21, 2014 governorship election that brought him to office, the Governor said local and international observers adjudged the poll as free and fair, adding that his predecessor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and APC leaders conceded defeat.
“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 stated.
Reacting to the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the Imo North Senatorial election inclusive, Fayose said Nigeria’s democracy is “being threatened by INEC and this should call for national and international reflection.” He stated that Nigeria may be heading towards anarchy, given that 15 elections have been declared inclusive since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power.