Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is only on wild goose chase in the State, noting that “the anti corruption commission has now shifted attention to the finances of Ekiti State after its failure to establish any link between him and fund from the Office of the National Security Adviser under Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd).”
The governor who was speaking on Orange FM radio station in Akure, Ondo State today, said the EFCC was now harassing banks in Ekiti, seeking for records of government finances and chasing contractors, claiming that the contractors gave him kickback.
“They are on vendetta mission.They said I collected money from Dasuki and I have told them that I did not collect a dime from Dasuki. I have N300 million in my fixed Deposit Account in Zenith Bank and I declared it in my Assets Declaration Form.
“I have challenged them to publish the statement made to the EFCC by Dasuki where he said he gave Senator Musiliu Obanikoro money to give me or where Obanikoro himself said he gave me money.
“Since they have seen that the Dasuki money issue won’t offer them the implication of Fayose that they desperately needed, they are now harassing contractors in the State. But I can assure them that their efforts will come to nothing,” the governor said.
While emphasizing that the EFCC do not have any power on State finances, the governor said; “As provided by Section 125 subsections (2), (5) and (6) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is the House of Assembly of a State that is vested with powers to superintend over the funds of a State. Our Constitution did not place Ekiti State House of Assembly under the control of the Attorney-General of the Federation or the EFCC.”
He said the All Progressives Congress (APC) was a party with history of debts in Ekiti State, disclosing that; “I left N10.4bn and N6.9bn was handed over to Segun
“To fear the world US has led for the better part of a century, abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe and refuse the obligations of international leadership… for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solving problems is unpatriotic. “
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