Fayose Pleads Innocent, Calls On NJC To Probe Ekiti Judicial Crisis

AYO+FAYOSE1The Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has urged the National Judicial Council to as a matter of urgency, investigate the allegation levelled against him that he was involved in last Monday’s beating of a serving judge in the state.

The investigation, he said, would open a can of worms in the state judiciary.

Fayose argued that it would be wrong for Nigerians to swallow hook, line and sinker the lies being spread on the issue by the All Progressives Congress, APC, which has already called for his arrest and prosecution over his alleged role in the crisis currently rocking Ekiti State.

Speaking in a calm tone, Fayose said he was begging the NJC to look at all issues at stake dispassionately and be guided by the truth.

The governor-elect, who spoke with journalists in Abuja on Monday, said all the news about him fomenting troubles in the state was just a part of what he described as a grand plan by the APC to cause crisis in the state with a view to forestalling his inauguration come October 16.

He said, “What I’m saying, is that the National Judicial Council should launch a thorough probe of the happenings in Ekiti State judiciary and through that, the rot in the system will be exposed.

“A lot of things are happening there and there are signs that some judicial officers are conniving with the outgoing governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and the APC.

“The current crisis is an agenda of the APC and their sole aim is to try and get through the back door what the people of the state did not give them on June 21 when they voted overwhelmingly for me and the Peoples Democratic Party”.

He said as former governor and a responsible person, there was no way he could have raised his hand to beat a judge, adding that he was not even capable of raising his hand against his house help.

Fayose said he was being portrayed in negative light in order to create the impression that he is a bad person.

He said, “I did not and cannot slap a judge. I cannot slap a house boy let alone a High Court Judge, and I have utmost respect for judicial officers.

“The media propaganda that I beat up a judge is an APC agenda to portray me in bad light having failed to take my mandate through the back door.

“The Ekiti State Attorney General Wale Fapounda has disclosed that he has spoken with the judge in question, and he spoke on Sunrise programme on Saturday morning on Channels TV where he made it clear that the news that I slapped the Judge was all lies.

“I did not enter Justice John Adeyeye’s court because I had no business to transact there. The Tribunal venue, where I went to, is quite a distance from Adeyeye’s court. Then the pertinent question is, at what point did I meet him?

“Is it that the Judge left his courtroom  with his robe to face so called protesters? Investigation will reveal all these”.

He said up till now, “nobody has been able to provide photo or video evidence that I slapped the judge”, adding that “there was no way I would succumb to blackmail and surrender the mandate that was freely given to me by  the people of the state”.

The governor-elect noted that PDP leaders were aware of the various petitions written to the NJC by APC leaders in Ekiti, saying only a thorough investigation would reveal the truth.

He also stated that the actions and utterances of Fayemi in recent times, showed a collaboration between him and some judicial officers.

He said, “For the information of all, I am openly expressing my readiness to appear before the committee to be set up by the NJC even after I must have been sworn in, to testify on the issue if need be.

“The whole issue I  can say with all intent was part of a grand plan by the APC to cause mayhem and through it, install the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly as Acting Governor which the people of Ekiti has seen through, and are ready to stop at all cost”.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I pity unsuspecting populace about the obnoxious news being fiddled by the so called APC. Fayose is a man of the people and he had been elected no matter what they try to do. By His grace,we are patiently waiting for the time this self acclaimed “friend of Obama” will pack his rags and move out of the Government house. People don’t know him…he’s wicked than a Lion….a silent man that can kill while smiling. God knows the best. #Ride on my Governor elect as nothing Fayemi and his cohort can do to delay your swearing in. Ekiti people will always love you irrespective of what anybody who does not even know where Ekiti exists on the nation’s MAP would say or pen down as comments.

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