Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said properties he owned were duly declared in the assets declaration form he submitted when he became governor of the state.
Fayose, in a statement through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr Lere Olayinka, on Wednesday, said any property that might be linked to him or his company was bought legitimately and his property were duly declared in his assets declaration form and sources of such funds were not illicit.
He maintained that his election was funded by donations from many people, saying “as a promising candidate of my party, I cannot stop Nigerians from supporting my election like every other candidate of other political party, including President Buhari.”
He said the money he got for his election was from legitimate sources and not from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) as being concocted.
He stated that how the money was spent remained his own business and not that of anyone.
The governor also debunked the reported allegation by the EFCC that he received bribe from any contractor in Ekiti; saying “if they have anything against me, they should keep their gun powder dry, because in 2006, when they took me to court, their allegations crumbled like a pack of cards, as court decisions are founded on facts and law and not on media trial as currently being done by the EFCC, as teleguided by the APC, in their desperation to set the people against me, knowing fully well that they are not on ground.”
The EFCC had, on Tuesday, in a counter-affidavit filed in opposition to Fayose’s ex parte motion asking a federal high court in Ekiti to grant a mandatory order lifting the ban placed on his Zenith Bank account, accused the governor of collecting kickbacks from contractors in the state.
The commission also alleged that some of the bribes were used in buying properties in some locations in Lagos and Abuja.
He said “having failed to buy the conscience of Ekiti House of Assembly members, the APC people have become increasingly afraid of 2018 and that the agencies of the Federal Government should know that no matter how hard they try, Ekiti electorate will not be deceived by their blackmail and media trial.
Governor Fayose said “The EFCC should be told in clear terms that this is 2016 and not 2006 when impeachment notices against governors were signed on the table of EFCC operatives. Those who are teleguiding the EFCC now should also be reminded that they did more than what they are doing now in 2006, yet I was overwhelmingly voted for by the Ekiti people eight years after the orchestrated impeachment which the Supreme Court declared illegal.”
The governor asked; “Should Nigerians now conclude that EFCC is an appendage of APC? Is the EFCC for investigation of corrupt practices among all Nigerians or members of opposition parties alone?”
The governor said; “As at today, I have not been accused of stealing a dime from Ekiti treasury. EFCC has not also said that Ekiti money was stolen and that my election was funded with Ekiti State money.”
Accusing the EFCC of carrying out the APC agenda to force him out of office as was done in 2006, the governor said; “It is sad that some politicians from Ekiti State now resume and close in EFCC offices in Lagos and Abuja and we wonder whether those politicians have now taken over the job of EFCC.”
He maintained that he will continue to speak his mind on issues affecting Nigerians and can never be cowed, saying; “Nigerians are suffering. States can no longer pay workers salary, a litre of kerosene is now N220, a bag of rice is now N20,000 and some people will sit in Presidential Villa and expect that all of us should keep silent? That’s not possible.
“No amount of media trial by agents of the Buhari-led APC government will make me to stop baring my mind on the cluelessness of the Federal Government.”