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Fayose 'Buhari using corrupt EFCC to fight corruption,' Governor says

On the various properties linked to him, he said bought them legitimately and duly declared them in his assets declaration form.

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Governor, Ayodele Fayose, of Ekiti State, says President Muhammadu Buhari is using a "corrupt" Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to fight corruption.

As contained in a statement issued on Wednesday, July 6, by his spokesman, Lere Olayinka, the Governor said the said the President must start his anti-corruption from his inner circle - the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“The EFCC leaders’ opinions remain their opinions and if they are so sure of whatever information they have, they should go to court and stop subjecting Nigerians to media trial and that no amount of media trial from the same elements that orchestrated my removal in 2006 can erode my popularity among Ekiti people,” Fayose said.

On the various properties linked to him, he said he legitimately bought them and duly declared them in his assets declaration form, stressing that the properties were not purchased with illicit funds.

Contrary to allegations that his election was funded by the Office of the National Security Adviser headed by Sambo Dasuki, he maintained that Zenith bank, plus friends and associates funded his election.

“As a promising candidate of my party, I cannot stop Nigerians from supporting my election like every other candidate of other political parties, including President Buhari,” he said.

Fayose said since the money used in sponsoring his election was not from illegitimate sources, how it spent it is his prerogative and no one's business.

Also addressing the EFCC allegation that he received bribes from some Ekiti contractors, the Governor said the anti-graft agency is just desperate to nail him.

He said: “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 because court decisions are founded on facts and law, and not on media trial as currently being done by the EFCC as tele-guided by the APC leaders in their desperation to set the people against me knowing fully that they are not on the ground.

“Having failed to buy the conscience of the Ekiti House of Assembly members, the APC people have become increasingly afraid of 2018 and 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.

“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 the EFCC operatives. Those who are tele-guiding 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.

“Should Nigerians now conclude that the EFCC is an appendage of the APC? Is the EFCC for investigation of corrupt practices among all Nigerians or members of opposition parties alone?” Fayose queried.

READ: Ekiti Assembly condemns EFCC for freezing Fayose’s account

He insisted that nobody can shut him up, as he will continue to speak out against the Buhari administration and its antics.

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