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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Fayose’s account: EFCC acted beyond its powers, says Ekiti Assembly


The Ekiti State House of Assembly has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to immediately release the bank account of the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
The assembly while describing the action of the commission as ultra vires, maintained that a citizen’s account could not be frozen without a court order.
Addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, the Chairman of Committee on Information, Mr. Gboyega Aribisogan, said the action was null and void since a sitting governor could not be listed in a case before a court of law because of his immunity.
The legislators had at a plenary earlier in the day presided over by Speaker Kola Oluwawole passed a resolution calling on the EFCC to immediately release Fayose’s account.
The motion was moved by Leader of Business, Tunji Akinyele (Oye 2) and seconded by Dare Pelemo (Ekiti East 2).
They also passed a vote of confidence in Fayose, who won the election exactly two years.
Aribisogan wondered why the same EFCC which froze Fayose’s account failed to investigate the allegations of financial mismanagement leveled against his predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
He also disclosed that the House had extended an invitation to the Commissioner for Finance during the Fayemi administration, Dapo Kolawole, to clarify some issues raised during a recent interview on a television station.
Aribisogan added, “The APC-led Federal Government should concentrate on good governance to reduce poverty and several security challenges in the country rather than embarking on a wild goose chase of perceived opposition as seen in their several attempts to muzzle Governor Ayodele Fayose and many others.”
Contributing, Chairman House Committee on Health, Samuel Omotoso, said the latest action was “a move by the EFCC to seek vengeance against the PDP-led government in Ekiti State.”
Meanwhile, a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti loyal to the governor had described the freezing of his account by the EFCC as “an indecent practice in a democracy.”
The Gboyega Oguntuase-led faction in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Jackson Adebayo, alleged that the action was one of the several moves by the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government “to silence opposition in order to cover its poor governance.”
The faction accused President Muhammadu Buhari of using the EFCC to cower the opposition, saying it is “puerile, inconsistent and bogus” to investigate an account in isolation of its holders.’
“We want to say categorically that the federal government is sliding into rascality in dealing with opposition while the face of dictatorship has been unveiled in Nigeria as it was the practice of the military era. “

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