By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of alleged “clandestine moves” to withdraw the case of alleged theft of N75m in the Government House allegedly involving his mistress (allegedly at large) and other three aides already before the Chief Magistrate Court, in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
Fayose’s aides, Bamidele Temitope and Afolabi Sunday, and local foreign exchange dealer, Mallam Shuaibu Amidu, were on Wednesday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Adegboye in Ado-Ekiti over theft of $50,000 belonging to Fayose’s aide on Domestic Affairs, Sunday Omosilade.
Police Charge Sheet marked Charge Number MAD/019C/2017 stated that the money belonged to Governor Ayodele Fayose’s Personal Assistant, Sunday Omosilade.
In a statement on Friday by Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party said Fayose had allegedly started making moves to withdraw the case against the culprits on the counsel of the governor’s senior advisers.
“We are aware of deft moves by the governor to manipulate the court and the police to destroy court records on this matter after Fayose’s advisers told him that he made a mistake by arresting the suspects and making Omosilade, who doesn’t have N30,000 in his account balances, to claim that he is the owner of $50,000, and pointing out that the boy cannot escape EFCC investigation that can turn awry for the governor
“We are also aware how Fayose is pained by media leak of this crime, wondering how an in-house matter became a matter of media hype,” Olatubosun said.
He added: “We are also aware that Fayose had recalled Omosilade who he had earlier sent packing from the Government House over his involvement in the matter to return to his job, including giving him a brand new car he was earlier denied while other aides got theirs and as we speak, Omosilade has relocated to the Government House again.”
Olatunbosun called the attention of the Commissioner of Police and the Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Mr Justice Ayodeji Daramola, to the alleged plan to destroy court records in the criminal matter.
He warned that it is too late to manipulate the case as all court processes in the matter are in public domain.
The party reiterated its earlier call on the EFCC to step in to investigate a young man who can’t boast of N20,000 in his account to explain how he got $50,000 in Ekiti State Government House.
“We want to reiterate that Governor Fayose is the owner of that $50,000 but he wants to use Omosilade as a cannon-folder to escape investigation by security agencies in a clear case of money laundering.
“We have been crying everyday that there is a massive looting of Ekiti money, and with this incident, it is now near clear how Ekiti State’s funds, including federal allocations and bailout of N20b, are being spent privately on women of easy virtues in the Government House to service the lavish and reckless lifestyle of the governor while Ekiti workers and pensioners remain unpaid for six months.
$50,000 Theft: APC accuses Fayose of planning to withdraw case from court
By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti