By Dayo Johnson
Akure—Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is only on a wild goose chase in the state, noting that; “The anti-corruption commission has now shifted attention to the finances of Ekiti State after its failure to establish any link between me and fund from the Office of the National Security Adviser under Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).”
Fayose said this during a live radio programme in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
He said the EFCC was now harassing banks in Ekiti, seeking for records of government finances and chasing contractors, claiming that the contractors gave him kickback.
“They are on vendetta mission. They said I collected money from Dasuki and I have told them that I did not collect a dime from Dasuki. I have N300 million in my fixed deposit account in Zenith Bank and I declared it in my Assets Declaration Form.
“I have challenged them to publish the statement made to the EFCC by Dasuki, where he said he gave Senator Musiliu Obanikoro money to give me or where Obanikoro himself said he gave me money.
“Since they have seen that the Dasuki money issue won’t offer them the implication of Fayose that they desperately needed, they are now harassing contractors in the state. But I can assure them that their efforts will come to nothing,” the governor said.
While emphasizing that the EFCC does not have any power over state finances, the governor said; “As provided by Section 125 subsections (2), (5) and (6) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is the House of Assembly of a state that is vested with powers to superintend over the funds of a state.”