The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has told the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to focus its attention on the hunger and suffering dealing with Nigeria and its people and leave him alone.
According to the outspoken governor, “This project ‘Fayose must be implicated at all cost’ will definitely not put food on the tables of Nigerians and for all I care, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and its collaborators can keep running from pillar to post while I keep delivering good governance to Ekiti and its people.”
Fayose in a statement signed by Lere Olayinka, his special assistant on public communications and new media, dismissed the report alleging that former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro confessed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that part of the money he used to fund his election was received from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Obanikoro who surrendered himself to the anti-graft agency on Monday, October 17, implicated Fayose in the N4.745 billion wired to a company linked to him by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). He said N2.23 billion out of the N4.745 billion was transferred to the Ekiti governor.
However, Governor Fayose clearly stated that the EFCC and its collaborators can continue running from pillar to post while he forges ahead, delivering good governance to the people of Ekiti.
“We have gone pass this stage of media trial, EFCC should rather keep its gun powder dry, when we get to the bridge, we will cross it. They said more than this in the 2006 poultry scam blackmail, despite that, I am the governor today.
The Governor further pointed out that his reaction to the report was only to fulfill all righteousness because Nigerians are more interested in having food on their tables. In addition he said:
“Those who arranged the dramatic and compromised return of Senator Obanikoro to Nigeria obviously did so in continuation of their project ‘Fayose must be implicated at all cost’ but I am not bothered because my election was legitimately funded.
“However, if this is why they are intimidating judges and the judiciary, it won’t work as far as my own matter is concerned as no one can play God.
“As far as I am concerned, I am busy here in Ekiti attending to the welfare and well-being of my people. I won’t be distracted.”
The Ekiti governor challenged the anti-graft agency to direct its searchlights on the funding of the All Progressives Congress (APC) elections.
It may not be entirely wrong to describe Governor Fayose as the most controversial governor in the present administration due to his non-stop attacks on President Buhari and the APC.