“Fayose Will Face Trial After Leaving Office” – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has yesterday, July 16th said that governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State will face criminal trial after leaving office. Hours after Mr Fayemi was announced winner of the Ekiti election, the EFCC posted a tweet on its official Twitter handle that it would resurrect a poultry scandal involving the governor. The agency later deleted the tweet which was condemned by many Nigerians including the governor’s spokesperson. In a statement, the EFCC spokesperson played down on the tweet controversy, but said only the court could clear Mr Fayose of his criminal trial after leaving office. “While it is true that there is a subsisting criminal charge against Governor Fayose, the fate of the charge will be determined by the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, at the expiration of his tenure, not the EFCC,” the agency’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said. Read the full EFCC statement by Mr Uwujaren below. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has observed with interest, reactions to a tweet that purportedly appeared on the Commission’s Twitter handle July 15, announcing the imminent revival of the criminal case against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State. In the opinion of most commentators, the tweet coming a few hours after Fayose’s protege, Kolapo Olusola of the People’s Democratic Party lost the governorship election to his All progressives Congress rival, Kayode Fayemi, betrayed the partisanship of the EFCC in the political contest in Ekiti State. Against the background, Commission is constrained to state that the purported tweet does not represent the views of the EFCC. As a law enforcement organization the Commission is apolitical and was not involved in the recent Ekiti election. It therefore has no reason to gloat over the political misfortune of any candidate or political god-father. While it is true that there is a subsisting criminal charge against Governor Fayose, the fate of the charge will be determined by the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, at the expiration of his tenure,[…]

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Ekiti: Policemen allegedly teargas Fayose, PDP supporters – Newspaper review

The main headlines of the mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, July 12, are focused on the upcoming Ekiti state gubernatorial election and President Muhammadu Buhari’s reaction as bandits killed about 32 persons in Sokoto state. This Days reports that President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday appealed to Nigerians to be patient with him over the protracted killings ravaging different parts of the country, saying his security team was racking its brain on how to end the violence. The president made the appeal in reaction to the killing of over 32 people in Gandi, Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State by bandits on Monday. Vanguard reports that the campaign for Saturday’s governorship elections in Ekiti state took a dramatic turn yesterday as security operatives who blocked the entrance to Government House, Ado-Ekiti, also fired tear-gas at the governor and his supporters. But the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Habila Joshak, in a swift reaction, told newsmen that policemen were deployed only to abort the rally since no approval was sought for it. The Punch report that Fayose, it was learnt, raced to the scene to prevent the policemen from disrupting the political rally and to rescue his supporters. But the governor said rather than listen to his entreaties to allow the rally to go on, he was attacked by the riot-policemen, who allegedly fired canisters of tear gas at him. The governor also claimed he was hit with a gun by one of the mobile policemen. The Guardian reports that the PDP described the incident as an assassination plot. Addressing journalists at its secretariat in Abuja, National Chairman Uche Secondus said: “This morning, in its desperation to forcibly take over Ekiti state, the APC-led federal government deployed armed police personnel led by one Compol Mopol Echel Echel, who blocked the Ekiti State Government House, attacked and placed the democratically elected governor of Ekiti state, Governor Ayodele Fayose, under house arrest. At the moment, no one goes in or out of the Government[…]

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Fayose promises N50,000 to every resident allegedly arrested by DSS during Ekiti election

As the Ekiti governorship election hots up, Ayodele Fayose promises residents arrested by security personnel Fayose says he would give any resident arrested by security men the sum of N50,000 for every night they spend in detention – The promise has to do with the governorship election in the state Ayodele Fayose, the outgoing governor of Ekiti state and chief campaigner for Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti, has made a special promise to residents of the state. Fayose told residents of the state that any of them arrested by security men believed to be attached to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi, and detained, would get N50,000 for each of the nights such a person spends in detention. However, Governor Fayose said this only applies to the period the election lasts. “Henceforth, anyone that is arrested illegally by Fayemi and his rampaging policemen and DSS on this election issue will get N50k for each night spent in detention,” Fayose posted on Twitter. The election is scheduled to hold on July 14 and Olusola-Eleka is slugging it out with Fayemi and other candidates. It earlier reported that Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state accused the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, of planning to rig the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti. Fayose accused Oshiomhole, a former governor, of planning to do this the way he did in Edo state, but said the people of the state would reject any attempt to rig the election. Fayose said all he and his party wanted was a credible, free and fair election, adding that any plan to use the ‘Edo state option’ in Ekiti will fail.

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