By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has faulted the refusal of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to make public the statement it extracted from the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, in its ongoing probe of money meant for the purchase of arms and the funding of the last general elections in the country.
Fayose, who also asked the anti-graft agency to publish his personal accounts it froze to let the whole world know what is contained therein.
According to him; ‘’Dasuki’s statement, will at least show whether the ex-NSA gave money to former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro or anybody to give me (Fayose).’’
The governor threw the challenge, weekend, while featuring on an interview programme on a radio station, Fresh FM.
In a statement yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the governor said: “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.
“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.
On the June 21, 2014 governorship election that brought him to office, Fayose said Dr Kayode Fayemi and APC leaders conceded defeat and that both local and international observers described the poll as free and fair.
“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.
Worries over INEC’s inability to conduct credible, conclusive polls
Meantime, Governor Fayose has expressed worry over inability of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct credible and conclusive elections since the advent of the President Muhammadu Buhari- led All Progressives Congress, APC, government.
The governor, who reacted to the alleged manipulation of the Imo North Senatorial election, which was declared inconclusive, said “democracy in Nigeria is being threatened by INEC and this should call for national and international reflection.”
Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka quoted the governor as saying that; “If we have done more than 15 elections since President Buhari assumed office and all ended inconclusive, it is obvious that we are tending towards anarchy.”