EKITI, OCTOBER 19, 2016 – The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has advised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to pay attention to the plight of Nigerians, stressing that the probe on his campaign funds by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, won’t distract him from governance.This was as the governor rejected the claim by the anti-graft agency alleging that former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro collected money from former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki(rtd) to fund his election .
In a statement by his Media aide, Lere Olayinka, the fury governor admonished the President to pay attention to hunger and the suffering ravaging Nigeria.
According to Fayose, “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.”
On Obanikoro’s alleged confession, he said, “We have gone past 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.”
“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.”
Fayose also dared the anti-graft agency to probe the funding of APC elections.
“Since we are now in the era in which financial assistance from Nigerians to fund elections is being criminalised, the international community, especially those funding EFCC must insist that the commission probes the funding of APC elections before further funds are released to the commission.”