*Says he awaits formal invitation from EFCC
ABUJA— FORMER spokesperson to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has denied hiding from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, saying he was not a coward.
Fani-Kayode, who described the report as totally absurd, said in a statement that he was not hiding, noting that he had been in his Abuja residence in the last few weeks.
He said the EFCC never wrote or called him on phone to explain his role in the presidential campaign funds of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the 2015 presidential election.
According to him, others alleged to be involved in the campaign funds were invited in a civilised way, treated in a humane and decent manner.
He wondered why he should be treated differently, criminalised in the newspapers and not even afforded what he termed common courtesy of a formal invitation by the EFCC.
The former Aviation Minister said he was waiting for a formal letter from the anti-graft agency or their call and handed over those saying he was running to God.
The statement read: “I have just read some absurd media reports which have quoted sources in the EFCC as saying that I had gone underground and that I was hiding from them.
“This is false; I have not been invited by the EFCC by letter, neither have they phoned me or attempted to reach me in any other way. I have been in my Abuja home for the last few weeks and I am not hiding from anyone.
“I am not a coward and this attempt to further demonise and humiliate me by the EFCC will fail. If they have any questions for me, why don’t they just write to me or call me, give me a date and I will be in their office.
“I have made my position clear on the issue of the presidential campaign funds. I have written an essay about it in my various columns about two weeks ago and I have been waiting for the EFCC to reach me ever since then.
“They have invited others but they have not invited me. I do not believe that I have done anything wrong and this latest attempt to criminalise me and make me look like a fugitive from justice will fail.”
“Others that were invited to the EFCC over this same campaign funds issue were sent letters of invitation and were reached. I appear to be the exception and now these hideous lies are being fed to the newspapers to make it look as if I am in hiding or that I am running from them just to sensationalise the whole issue.
“This is also to justify that what the EFCC wishes to do which is to arrest me in public, humiliate me or to storm my home and lock me up indefinitely.”