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Fayose has immunity for only a few more hours and his party is already crying foul

Former Governor Ayodele Fayose

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Fayose has immunity for only a few more hours and his party is already crying foul

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is alleging that the Presidency has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to detain the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, indefinitely.

Backstory

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said in a statement that the information at the party’s disposal indicates that the Presidency had alerted the EFCC to arrest the governor at midnight on Monday and detain him due to his persistent criticism of  President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

“The uncompromising stand of the outgoing governor against the present administration was the reason Ekiti State was invaded and taken by force during the last governorship election.”

“By 12 midnight, the governor’s residence is expected to be surrounded by armed men of the EFCC under the pretext that they had information of his plot to escape. This is to achieve their plan to humiliate the governor and portray him in a bad light to the public by dramatizing his arrest.”

Ologbondiyan added that “Nigerians can recall that it was the governor who offered to submit himself to the EFCC, despite the Commission’s clear display of bias and partisanship, as demonstrated in its various actions, especially its tweets and putting the governor on security watch-list.”

Fayose, while addressing pressmen, has said he is ready for the EFCC.

He said, “That is their stock in trade. I heard about the plot as well, but I don’t care what they do. The Commission is not above the law.”

“I am aware of that operational order on my arrest. Let them come; nobody can intimidate me. I don’t need their soft landing; Nigeria belongs to all of us. They are not God and they should stop playing one.”

The EFCC, in response to Fayose, has said that it has no time to play games with him. The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said “The EFCC has no time for frivolity. Instead of this ‘mind game,’ Governor Ayodele Fayose should conserve his energy, as the Commission is ready for him.”

Bottomline

The EFCC is empowered by law to investigate and prosecute suspects. If Fayose misused state’s resources, then the EFCC has the rights to take action after he loses his immunity. Considering the allegations that had been made against Fayose even while he was in office, it makes sense for him to be called in for questioning. Ignoring its responsibilities because the PDP cries foul is simply not an option. The governor however must be presumed innocent unless a competent court says he is guilty.

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