Fayose accuses FG of plot to harrass PDP leaders, associates with EFCC, Says; “My election not funded with govt fund”

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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has told
the President Mohammadu Buhari led All
Progressives Congress (APC) to stop harassing
his government by threatening functionaries of
the government with arrest and looking for how
his election was funded, declaring that; “my
election was not funded with public fund and
President Buhari and his APC should also tell
Nigerians how their own elections were funded.”
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Sunday,
Governor Fayose said;
“Certain top functionaries of the Ekiti
State government and some important
members of the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, and some
associates of mine, have now been
pencilled down for arrest and indefinite
detention by the EFCC under the guise of
investigating the funds spent by the PDP
on the June 21, 2014 governorship
election and the Presidential election.”
He disclosed that “some politicians from Ekiti
State, including an Ekiti born Senior Advocate of
Nigeria (SAN) and self-professed human rights
activist and a Special Adviser to the Vice
President are involved in the plot being
coordinated through the office of the Secretary
to the Government of the Federation and the
Attorney General of the Federation.”
He said the game plan was to make those to be
arrested get detained indefinitely, forced them to
make statements incriminating him, while at the
same time feeding the public with orchestrated
fake reports, using their usual media organs.
The governor however advised those behind the
plot “to keep their gun power dry and should not
be in a hurry, but rather, wait till the end of my
tenure in 2018.”
He challenged the EFCC to tell Nigerians why it
was silent on the many petitions submitted to it
against APC leaders, especially former governor
of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
Full text of the address reads:
“I called you here to intimate the public
through your various medium, the new
clandestine plot by the President
Mohammadu Buhari led All Progressives
Congress (APC) Federal Government to
destabilise the Ekiti State Government,
using the instrumentalities of the
Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC).
“Recall that a lot has been said about my
election. First they said it was
photochromic and later militarization. The
election was challenged up to the
supreme Court and I came out victorious.
Remember too that international
observers including the US Govt
applauded the election.
“However, those who lost the election
adjudged as free, fair and credible are yet
to accept the will of God and the people
of Ekiti State.
“A few days ago, we got it on good
authority that there was a meeting with
some politicians from Ekiti State,
including an Ekiti born Senior Advocate of
Nigeria (SAN) and self-professed human
rights activist by agents of the Federal
government, with the agenda solely, on
how to bring down my administration as
the governor of the state.
“Activities of these elements that are
obviously afraid of facing another
electoral defeat in 2018 are being
coordinated through the office of the
Secretary to the Government of the
Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal and
the Attorney General of the Federation.
“Certain top functionaries of the Ekiti
State government and some important
members of the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, and some
associates of mine, have now been
pencilled down for arrest and indefinite
detention by the EFCC under the guise of
investigating the funds spent by the PDP
on the June 21, 2014 governorship
election and the Presidential election.
“The game plan is to make those to be
arrested get detained indefinitely, forced
to make statements incriminating me,
while at the same time feeding the public
with orchestrated fake reports, using their
usual media organs.
“This is coming after their failure to use
the Department of State Services (DSS)
to coerce members of the State House of
Assembly to buy into the impeachment
plot against me with a view to silencing
me being a major voice of the opposition.
“The plot to arrest and detain indefinitely
my Chief of Staff, Chief Dipo Anisulowo
and four honourable members of the
state House of Assembly for treason.
“To achieve this sinister plot against the
government and people of Ekiti State, we
have been informed that some of their
trusted allies in the EFCC have been
mobilised to move to Ekiti any moment
from now.
“I, however, wish to advice them to keep
their gun power dry and should not be in
a hurry, but rather, wait till the end of my
tenure in 2018.
“As a man known to keeping to his
words, I want to assure them that I will
be available to answer any of their
questions, no matter how unreasonable.
“While we are not afraid of persecution
from anyone or government agency,
including the EFCC and DSS, I wish to
state that the level at which the Buhari-
led Federal Government is taking political
vendetta and muzzling of opposition both
in the PDP and within the APC, is
dangerous to the survival of democracy
in the country.
“Most importantly, Nigerians must begin
to ask the EFCC what has happened to
the several petitions against APC leaders
and financiers of President Buhari’s
election, including former governors.
“For instance, on September 29, 2014, the
EFCC received a petition against former
governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi
and other APC top-shots in Ekiti State. In
the petition written by a group; Save Ekiti
Coalition, six major complaints bordering
on fraudulent practices were made with
various documents attached.
“Also, on March 11, 2016, a petition on
the misappropriation of N852.9m fund
belonging to the Ekiti State Universal
Basic Education Board (SUBEB) was
received by the ICPC. The petition, which
had various documents attached was
written by an Abuja based group;
Vanguard for Credible Representation.
“One of the documents attached to this
petition was Universal Basic Education
Commission (UBEC) letter dated April 16,
2015, with Reference Number; UBEC/FA/
SUBEB/EK/183/Vol.II/162 in which the
withdrawal of the sum of N852,
936,713.92 counterpart fund belonging to
the Ekiti SUBEB by Fayemi and others
was described as a criminal act, that
violated Section 11(2) of UBE Act 2004.
It was also on the basis of this financial
crime that UBEC suspended Ekiti State
from accessing any further FGN-UBE
Intervention Fund.
“In another letter written on September
11, 2015, with Ref. No. PB/894/5, to the
EFCC, which was acknowledge urging the
commission to investigate all the various
petitions submitted to it on the fraudulent
acts perpetrated by the immediate past
APC government in the State has not
seen the light of the day but rather, the
EFCC is running after vocal opponents of
the APC like me, Ayodele Fayose.
“I wish to state unequivocally, that no
amount of intimidation, harassment,
investigation, coercion, will make me stop
speaking on behalf of the common who
freely gave their mandate to the APC,
who are now daily failing them.
“Furthermore, it is on record that on
August 11, 2015, the EFCC came up with
an investigation report on the bribery
allegation against Yobe State
Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral
Commissioner (REC), Habu Hinna Zarma.
“In its own report, the EFCC said N15
million was indeed deposited into the
INEC REC Diamond Bank Plc (account
number 0029126751) and Zenith Bank Plc
(account number 1001127288) by the
Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to Yobe State
Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, Assistant
Superintendent of Police, Zakari Deba and
one Bamaaji Mohammed Kukawa.
“Despite that as at April 8, 2015 that the
N8 million was lodged into the INEC REC
Diamond Bank account, only N28, 143.60
was in the account and the REC
personally cashed N600, 000 on April 9,
2015, the EFCC only recommended the
duo of ASP Zakari Deba (Yobe State
Governor’s ADC) and Bamaaji Mohammed
Kukawa for prosecution.
“It will however interest Nigerians that 10
months after, those that EFCC by its own
investigations, recommended for
prosecution are yet to be charged to
court!.. isn’t this interesting?
“Nigerians must therefore begin to ask
the EFCC why it has refused to act on
petitions against APC members. Why is
EFCC only interested in how PDP funded
its elections? Was the fund used for
President Buhari’s election gotten from
the spirit world? Is EFCC now for
persecution of PDP members? Must
everyone that is not in the APC be
subject of EFCC harassment?
“Can Nigerians forget in a jiffy the
activities of most people in the cabinet of
President Muhammadu Buhari who ran
their states aground in an effort to
funding president Muhammadu Buhari
election.
“Please, can we ask the current
government, who paid for all the
chartered aircrafts used for the campaign,
the payment for all logistics for the
campaign?
“It is now obvious that the current
government is all out to move against
and silence all voices in the opposition.
“We have examples in the detention of
Femi Fani-Kayode, the persecution of
Olisa Metuh the immediate past National
Publicity Secretary of the PDP.
“Nigerians should also be reminded of the
way and manner EFCC was ran when its
present Chairman, Ibrahim Magu was the
Head of Economic Governance Unit during
the tenure of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu. It
was then that impeachment of governors
was plotted, hatched and executed within
the four walls of the EFCC.
“It is worthy of note that I was among
the governors whose illegal impeachment
was orchestrated by the EFCC with the
active connivance of Magu and the Ekiti
SAN self acclaimed human right activists
who is once again the coordinator of the
current conspiracy against my person.
“I was unjustly arrested, humiliated and
incarcerated for 50 days both in EFCC cell
and Ikoyi Prison over allegations of
phoney poultry allegation that they could
not prove in the law court at the long run
as I was discharged and acquited.
“I just want to alert all Nigerians that
they are at it again, but they will not
succeed and I will not surrender nor lose
my voice as a result of their harassment.
“I make bold to state that in the overall
interest of democracy and well-being of
Nigerians, I will continue to speak my
mind on issues bordering on governance
in Nigeria and I will not be intimidated!
“I have not heard in the history of
election anywhere in the world where
elections are conducted without funding.
“I wish to state that there was no
government funding of my election, as my
election was funded purely by the private
sector and organised donations within
and outside the party.
“The Buhari led administration should
also be gracious enough to prove to all
Nigerians that their election was not
funded by public funds that has been
linked to them, but which the EFCC is
looking away.
“The current government should be
mindful that what goes round comes
round.
“Those who are presently in charge of the
Federal Government should be mindful of
the fact that we all own Nigeria together
and all Nigerians cannot belong to the
APC.
“As a government, we have been
transparent in the running of Ekiti State,
and for this, Ekiti State was rated as the
Most Transparent State in Nigeria in
terms of transparency in budgeting by
Civil Resources Development
Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC) in
conjunction with the British Department
for International Development (DFID).
“Nigeria has gotten to a level where those
of us holding powers should operate
beyond politics and corruption fight
should not be only about those who are
not on the same page with the federal
government.
“Rather, it should be inclusive of
everyone, irrespective of political
affiliation and must be done in
accordance with the rule of law.”

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