Fayose raises alarm, says FG plotting to unleash EFCC on Ekiti officials

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has raised an alarm that President Mohammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) has concluded plans to harass members of his government as well as leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the anti-graft agency, the Economic Financial and other Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, he urged the Federal Government top harassing his government by threatening its functionaries with arrest and looking for how his election was funded.

Fayose said; “Certain top functionaries of the Ekiti State government and some important members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, and some associates of mine, have now been pencilled down for arrest and indefinite detention by the EFCC under the guise of investigating the funds spent by the PDP on the June 21, 2014 governorship election and the Presidential election.”

He disclosed that “some politicians from Ekiti State are involved in the plot being allegedly coordinated through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Attorney General of the Federation.”

He said the game plan was to make those to be arrested get detained indefinitely, force them to make statements incriminating him, while at the same time feeding the public with orchestrated fake reports, using their usual media organs.

The governor however advised those behind the plot “to keep their gun power dry and should not be in a hurry, but rather, wait till the end of my tenure in 2018.”

He challenged the EFCC to tell Nigerians why it was silent on the many petitions submitted to it against APC leaders, especially former governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

Full text of the address reads;

“I called you here to intimate the public through your various medium, the new clandestine plot by the President Mohammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government to destabilise the Ekiti State Government, using the instrumentalities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“Recall that a lot has been said about my election. First they said it was photochromic and later militarization. The election was challenged up to the supreme Court and I came out victorious. Remember too that international observers including the US Govt applauded the election.

“However, those who lost the election adjudged as free, fair and credible are yet to accept the will of God and the people of Ekiti State.

“A few days ago, we got it on good authority that there was a meeting with some politicians from Ekiti State, including an Ekiti born Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and self-professed human rights activist by agents of the Federal government, with the agenda solely, on how to bring down my administration as the governor of the state.

“Activities of these elements that are obviously afraid of facing another electoral defeat in 2018 are being coordinated through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal and the Attorney General of the Federation.

“Certain top functionaries of the Ekiti State government and some important members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, and some associates of mine, have now been pencilled down for arrest and indefinite detention by the EFCC under the guise of investigating the funds spent by the PDP on the June 21, 2014 governorship election and the Presidential election.

“The game plan is to make those to be arrested get detained indefinitely, forced to make statements incriminating me, while at the same time feeding the public with orchestrated fake reports, using their usual media organs.

“This is coming after their failure to use the Department of State Services (DSS) to coerce members of the State House of Assembly to buy into the impeachment plot against me with a view to silencing me being a major voice of the opposition.

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