My Pres­i­den­tial Am­bi­tion Re­spon­si­ble For Ha­rass­ment Of Ek­iti Of­fi­cials, Says Fayose

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS -

THE Ek­iti State Gover­nor, Ay­o­dele Fayose, has said the im­mi­nent de­feat of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari in a free and fair elec­tion in 2019 is the ma­jor rea­son the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment was ha­rass­ing and in­tim­i­dat­ing his aides and as­so­ci­ates.

He also said the truth he told Nige­ri­ans dur­ing his dec­la­ra­tion of in­ter­est that Pres­i­dent Buhari and the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) had noth­ing good to of­fer Nige­ria, had pierced the con­science of APC lead­ers and given them a wounded heart.

He, how­ever, said he would not be in­tim­i­dated into aban­don­ing a di­vine project of res­cu­ing the coun­try from mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Fayose, who spoke through his Chief Press Sec­re­tary, Idowu Adelusi, yes­ter­day said not­with­stand­ing the need­less ha­rass­ment, who­ever thinks he can stop a mov­ing train with his bare hands would have him­self to blame at the end.

The gover­nor said the ar­rest of two of­fi­cials of the state by the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) was the height of im­punity, as a com­pe­tent court of ju­ris­dic­tion had or­dered against the ac­tion.

Fayse added that EFCC’S ac­tion was in fla­grant dis­obe­di­ence to the or­ders of Jus­tice Taiwo. O. Taiwo of the Fed­eral High Court, Ado-ek­iti in the case of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of Ek­iti State ver­sus EFCC, IGP and 16 oth­ers granted on Novem­ber 7, 2016.

“An or­der of in­terim in­junc­tion re­strain­ing the first and sec­ond de­fen­dants be­ing the EFCC and the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, their agents, priv­ies or any other in­ves­tiga­tive agen­cies, how­so­ever de­scribed from ar­rest­ing, de­tain­ing or in­ves­ti­gat­ing any per­son or per­sons, whether past or present of­fi­cials in the Ek­iti State Gov­ern­ment, with­out any re­port of in­dict­ment from the Ek­iti State House of As­sem­bly pend­ing the hear­ing and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the Mo­tion on No­tice filed in this suit,” the or­der reads in part.

While con­tend­ing that the EFCC had not va­cated or ap­pealed the court or­der, the gover­nor added that its ac­tion showed des­per­a­tion and po­lit­i­cal par­ti­san­ship, as it had ear­lier pe­ti­tioned against Jus­tice Taiwo ask­ing that the case be trans­ferred to Akure, Ondo State.

“The new judge de­clined ju­ris­dic­tion be­cause he held that the EFCC'S case lacked merit and the case file was re­turned to the Chief Judge of the Fed­eral High Court, who is yet to as­sign the case.

“The lat­est ac­tion by the EFCC is, there­fore, pre­med­i­tated, ma­li­cious, po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated, con­temp­tu­ous and un­con­sti­tu­tional in all ram­i­fi­ca­tions. It is an­other clear and undis­guised ev­i­dence of gang­ster­ism by an agency that de­rives its power from the con­sti­tu­tion but uses it for po­lit­i­cal vendetta against the op­po­si­tion, he said.

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