The Ekiti State Government has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has, following the commission’s arrest of some government officials in the state yesterday, “further demonstrated that it is an attack-dog” of the All Progressives Congress, APC, party and is allegedly on a mission of carrying out what it described as a hatchet job against Governor Ayodele Fayose.”
While Governor Fayose was officially declaring his ambition to contest the 2019 presidential election under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, the EFCC arrested the State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo and the Accountant General of Ekiti, Mrs. Yemisi Owolabi over allegations of misappropriation of bail-out funds.
But Ekiti state however said that despite the development, the “…government under Governor Ayodele Fayose cannot be intimidated.”
The Special Assistant to the State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, gave the comment as equally seen on the Facebook page of the governor.
Also in a statement issued on Thursday, Mr. Olayinka said that “it is obvious that the hawks around President Muhammadu Buhari are afraid of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s declaration to contest the presidential election in 2019, hence the usual panicky measure of arresting government officials in Ekiti on the day of his declaration, with the view to embark on another round of media trial against the governor and his government.”
The Ekiti government added that “it is funny that the EFCC, in the bid to carry out its usual hatchet job against Governor Fayose, failed to take into cognizance, the subsisting court order, which forbids any official of the Ekiti State government from being arrested by the EFCC. Up till today, the court order has not been appealed and it subsists.”
“What has the EFCC done to those involved in the grass-cutting scam and the $43 million Ikoyi scam?”
The government said; “It is so funny and laughable that these characters in the APC government can’t even disappoint for once by being unpredictable.”
“Like we have said before, the game plan of those who want power in Ekiti State by force as well as those who do not want anyone to speak against President Buhari, that they see as a god, is to stifle Ekiti State government and make it impossible for the government to carry out its responsibilities.”
“However, the EFCC and its collaborators should know that we have threaded this path before and we, in the government of Ekiti State won’t be intimidated by the…anti-corruption agency that has come to see itself as instrument of harassing, oppressing, intimidating and coercing perceived opposition figures.”