The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was planning to shield former governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In a statement by the state’s Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Jackson Adebayo, the party alleged that some leaders of the APC were planning to approach President Muhammadu Buhari in a “desperate attempt to shield Fayemi from inevitable arrest and prosecution by EFCC”.
“It has come to our notice that there is a sinister motive by the leaderships of the All Progressive Congress to put presure on the presidency to halt the investigation of the former APC governor by the EFCC when it dawned on them that the various petitions before the EFCC on the financial mismanagement of the APC administration in Ekiti State between 2010 and 2014 can not be ignored again by the anti graft body in its current moves against past governors,” the statement read.
“We are aware that the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria police have reached an advanced stage in their investigation of the financial mismanagement of the immediate past government in Ekiti State and alleged outright diversion of money meant for the state to private pockets. We are also aware that Fayemi has approached a top security chief who is very close to the president to intervene,” the PDP alleged.
Reacting to the allegation, Chief Press Secretary to Fayemi, Olayinka Oyebode declared that “I think the PDP-led government in the state is merely hallucinating.”
“This is a pure case of hallucination. You and I know that it is the incumbent governor, Ayodele Fayose, that has a case with EFCC,” he told Vanguard.
“And I am sure you know that his N1.3billion poultry scam case came up at the Ado-Ekiti High Court sometimes in 2014 shortly before the elections. The case could not be heard on its adjourned date owing to the closure of courts in Ekiti since last year.” Oyebode added that “if there is anybody who should be running from pillar to post, begging to be bailed out of EFCC investigations or trial by the anti-corruption agencies, it should be Fayose.”
He absolved the administration of Fayemi of mismanagement of state funds. “Fayemi ran one of the most responsible and corruption-free governments not only in Ekiti State, but in the country. He has been out of office for nine months and has not been invited by any anti-corruption agency be it EFCC or ICPC.’’