By Samuel Faleye, AkureÂ
The Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted Governor Olusegun Mimiko on his comments the restriction placed on the bank account of his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayodele Fayose by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Â A statement by APC’s Director of Media and Publicity, Steve Otaloro said, “From emerging revelations, many adherents of the past government of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who pilfered our common patrimony are being exposed daily beyond their faint imaginations.
Â “This readily may be sending shockwaves to their spines and, who could tell whether Dr Mimiko might eventually be mentioned as one of the beneficiaries at the end of the day that is warranting his fears to issue such statement that President Mohammadu Buhari should call the President Muhammadu Buhari to order over the freezing of a personal account of Fayose”.Â
Mimiko had urged the President to intervene to rescue the country from what he described as current gross abuse of the Constitution, submitting that what EFCC has done violated section 308 that granted immunity to a sitting Governor.Â
But APC said “the law permits the EFCC to freeze an account or attach a property of a criminal suspect and proceed and to thereafter obtain an ex parte order from the appropriate court.Â
“EFCC Act states that where a person is arrested for an offence under this Act, the commission shall immediately trace and attach all the assets and properties of the person acquired as a result of such economic or financial crime and shall thereafter cause to be obtained an interim attachment order from the court”.Â
The party urged Mimiko to advise his Ekiti State counterpart to defend his integrity, especially, after he was alleged to be keeping such a huge amount in his personal account at a time when the state workers had not received six months salaries.Â
According to the party, “If you are not a looter, you have nothing to hide, you would promptly focus your energy on defending your integrity. The immunity thing would be secondary matter in your mind.Â
“Were it not for the proactive actions of the EFCC in the recent past, no one would have known that an individual could be richer than a state in our country”.Â
APC therefore called on the citizenry to take keen interest more than before in the management of the state’s financial resources by the Mimiko’s led administration that has refused to pay workers salaries for upwards of six months.