Protesters had stormed the streets of Ado-Ekiti in angry match against the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose as news of his involvement in corruption; looting of funds and acquisition of properties amid severe hardship swirling around the state, emerged.
They demanded immediate resignation of the Governor Fayose, hence demonstrating their support for the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), saying all those indicted must be brought to justice.
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Spearheaded by the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), youths, students, artisans, commercial motorcyclists and other members of the public, the protesters matched from Fajuyi Park, moving through Okesa, Ojumose, Okeyinmi and Old Garage before it terminated at Ijigbo Roundabout.
Policemen, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officers and Department of State Services (DSS) counterparts gave a security cover to the peaceful protesters who chanted that Governor “Fayose must go!”
Some of their placards read:
“Who is Afraid of EFCC Investigation”; “Fayose stop destroying our image, we are Honourable People”; “You can’t escape justice”; “Fayose is not above the law”; “Immunity is not impunity”, “Immunity is a not a licence for criminality and impunity”; and “Fayose must return ekiti money in Dubai”.
The APC Deputy Chairman, Mrs Kemi Olaleye, who acted as the spokesperson at the rally expressed regrets about how the immunity conferred on Fayose in line with Section 308 of the Constitution, had been impeding his prosecution for alleged embezzlement of funds.
“We are tired of immunity clause. Immunity has become impunity in Ekiti. We condemn Governor Fayose’s corrupt tendencies. Things must change. The EFCC must do its job and ensure that looters of Ekiti are brought to justice.”
“Fayose has disgraced us in Ekiti, Ekiti people are honorable people and theft of any kind is not in our culture and anybody that steals in Ekiti land will be ostracised and nobody will have anything to do with such an individual.
“I want to tell Ekiti people that we will continue with this protest until Fayose is brought to justice. All those who hide under election to steal our money must be made to refund same and be punished for their action.”
Also speaking on the issue, the state CNPP chairman Mr. Tunji Ogunlola, challenged Fayose to waive his immunity and face prosecution for alleged involvement in the sharing of the N4.7 billion arms cash. He demanded the investigation of 17 House of Assembly members for alleged certificate fraud.
He ask the 17 members alleged to have falsified their certificates to submit themselves for prosecution. He said they have abandoned their primary roles to defend Fayose.
Ogunlola also pleaded with the Federal Government on behalf of workers, not to release bailout for payment of salary to Governor Fayose.
“The Federal Ministry of Finance should pay into workers’ accounts directly, because we have lost confidence in the government. The previous N9.6b bailout should be probed,” he said.