Speaking during an interview with Vanguard, the former deputy national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George, bared his mind on some burning national issues.
The statesman spoke on many pressing issues, including the present ordeal of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State – whose two personal bank accounts and a third account belonging to his company, Spotless Investments, were frozen on Monday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the course of its investigation into N4.7billion which was allegedly given to Fayose from the office of the National Security Adviser during his election campaign in 2014.
In defence, governor Fayose denied the allegation, saying that the funds used for his campaign was majorly from Zenith Bank and according to Mr. George, the rule of law will prevail in the matter and by so, Fayose cannot be prosecuted because of Section 308 of the Nigerian Constitution. He said:
“I am going to be like an elder here. Ayo is my son, the first time he came to be a governor; it was impressive. Two wrongs cannot make a right. I read a presentation by a lawyer on the matter and I also read the EFCC version of the accusation leveled against Ayo.
“My plea is this as a concerned Nigerian; we still have the rule of law and everybody must subject himself to the rule of law. The EFCC cannot do anything to him because of Section 308. They should be patient because the law is no respecter of anybody.
“I have gone through my own experiences; the law is still there. They want to fight him because they said Ayo made certain comments against the First Lady.
“If it is proven that it is wrong, I know Ayo would be the first to jump up and apologise, but two wrongs cannot make a right.”
Olabode George, the former Military Administrator of old Ondo State, also stressed that although there is need for an anti-corruption crusade, it should not be lopsided. He said:
“When you start to fling the sword in every direction, and only one side is being cut down, Nigerians would start to read meaning.”