Fayose offers to meet EFCC for probe as Fayemi describes outgoing gov’s move as decoy/

The governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, offering himself for probe on October 16, against the backdrop of reports that the anti-graft agency was investigating him and his wife, Feyisetan, on allegations of money laundering.

Fayose, a staunch critic of the Buhari administration, had in 2016 told the commission to “keep their gun powder dry” and wait till the end of his tenure. Several actions like the freezing of Fayose’s bank accounts indicate the commission’s desire to probe the governor.

The immunity which he enjoyed under Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution as sitting governor of Ekiti State will elapse in October, after which he says the commission can now probe him.

In a letter dated September 10, Fayose told the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, “I wish to inform you that my term of office pursuant to which I enjoy immunity against investigation and prosecution under the above provision shall lapse by effusion of time on Monday, October 15, 2018.

“As a responsible citizen of our great country, who believes in the rule of law, I wish to inform you of my decision to make myself available on your office on Tuesday, 16th October 2018 at 1pm to clarify issues or answer questions on issues within his knowledge.”

The governor’s special assistant on public communications and new media, Lere Olayinka, in a statement on Wednesday said the letter titled “Notification of my decision to make myself available in your office to clarify issue(s) or answer questions on issues within my knowledge” was received at the EFCC office in Abuja on Tuesday.

The governor noted that the EFCC was at liberty to pick another convenient date if October 16 was not suitable, adding that, “Kindly confirm the suitability of the above date or indicate by return, the Commission’s convenient date.”

Meanwhile, Wole Olujobi, spokesman of Ekiti governor-elect Kayode Fayemi, has stated that Fayose is not sincere about his letter to the EFCC, describing it as said it as a decoy “to pull a surprise” but that Ekiti people are wise and would not be deceived by Fayose’s “ostrich game”.

If you know Fayose very well, when Fayose greets you good morning, you can be sure that it is evening, maybe 7pm.

“When he makes any declarative statement, that people would have thought he means business, I am telling you it is another ploy by him to do otherwise.

“When he wanted to escape in 2016, he went round the whole capital city of Ado Ekiti, asking his supporters to meet him at Fajuyi area of the town for a rally, his supporters mobilized themselves to Fajuyi expecting Fayose. The next thing they heard was that Fayose had escaped inside the boot of his car.

“He hid inside the boot and escaped from Ado-Ekiti while his supporters that he called for a rally at Fajuyi area were anxiously waiting for him.

“So, we don’t believe he is sincere about the letter he wrote to the EFCC, its another kind of decoy to pull a surprise, a surprise that is fake,” Fayemi’s spokesman said.


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