‘I have immunity just like the president’ – Fayose

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state governor, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of placing a restriction on his Zenith Bank account in a bid to intimidate and silence him.

He described the actions of the anti-graft agency as ‘executive rascality taken too far.’

Fayose, in a statement issued by Idowu Adelusi, his chief press secretary, condemned the Federal Government for being hypocritical and choosy in its probe of the funds used for the 2015 general elections by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as if “there are no thieves in the APC.”

Fayose accused the government of hounding members of the PDP while stating that the funds used by the APC for the 2015 election, should also be probed.

He further condemned the restriction placed on his account by the EFCC even as he revealed that the accounts of his close associates were also tampered with by the agency.

Fayose wondered why the EFCC would put a restriction on his account when he has constitutional immunity just like the President.

“It was ‎when I got a hint of their move that I wrote a cheque to withdraw some money from the account and I came myself. I was denied access to the account as I was told the EFCC has placed restriction on it. That is executive rascality taken too far.”

“Section 308 of the 1999 constitution gives me immunity just like the president. I wouldn’t know why these people are intolerant of others and in a haste.”

“Let them wait till 2018 when I will end my tenure for them to do their investigati‎on. The other time the EFCC accused me of embezzling N1.2 billion poultry project fund, I was the one who voluntarily reported myself to the EFCC. When I had case with EFCC my properties were not affected.”

“If they say they are investigating money spent on election, does it mean it is only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that spent money on election? A lot of people and groups supported my campaign then. Where did APC and their leaders get the money they spent on 2015 general elections from? Now it is only in PDP that they find thieves, to them there are no thieves in the APC.”

Fayose also wondered why the EFCC had not gone after Kayode Fayemi, the former governor of the state who is a member of the APC if truly there was a sincere war against corruption.

He also revealed that the wife of the President and First Lady, Aisha Buhari was implicated in the Haliburton corruption scandal while he knows of an estate in Abuja built by the president.

“A lot of petitions were written against former Governor and the EFCC has not asked him a question up till now. The diversion of N850 million fund meant for Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board is there and nobody is asking Fayemi questions,” the statement read.

“Even the president cannot claim to be an angel. The estate he built in Abuja is known to us. His wife was indicted over the Halliburton Scandal. When that American, Jefferson, was being sentenced, the president’s wife was mentioned as having wired $170,000 to Jefferson. Her name was on page 25 of the sentencing of Jefferson. We can serialize the judgment for people to see and read.”

“We will not allow this and we will defend our rights within the law of the land. Those who th‎ink they can silence me are mistaken. I am a person who is not perturbed by things like this. Let them wait till 2018 when I will finish my term and I will be the one to go and meet them. I won’t run away and let them investigate the whole world, I have nothing to hide or fear.”

Fayose reiterated that no amount of oppression and intimidation would make him cower or keep quiet.

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