Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has another time written the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), declaring his readiness to make himself to be had at the group’s Abuja workplace after October 16, 2018 at 1pm.
Fayose’s constitutional tenure is expected to elapse on October 16.
He, however, accused the anti-graft organisation of demonstrating what he tagged “hate prejudice, persecution and partiality.”
Fayose said need to the EFCC be a lot in a hurry that its investigation can not wait until October sixteen, 2018, “with out prejudice to Section 308 of the Constitution, I could be willing to reply questions out of your team of investigators have to they be inclined to meet me in my office in Ado Ekiti on the 20th September 2018.
According to a announcement issued on Tuesday with the aid of his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose stated the letter written by using the EFCC to the Customs and different organizations, directing them to put him on an eye fixed-listing and arrest him if he tried to leave Nigeria earlier than the expiration of his tenure, raised severe questions on the impartiality, independence or neutrality of the group.
He reminded the EFCC that “in 2007, precisely at the 19th day of December, I willingly supplied myself for investigation at your Lagos workplace,” including that “There is consequently not anything new or abnormal in my letter of tenth September 2018, which has been acquired and treated in awful faith and flavor.
The letter dated September 14, 2018 read; “As a accountable citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who presently enjoys immunity below Section 308 of the Constitution, it would quantity to a breach of the Constitution which I swore to uphold if I seem on your office on any date earlier than sixteenth October 2018. If accomplished otherwise, it’s going to set a wrong precedent for the Constitutional Institution that I constitute.
“I carefully chose that date (October 16, 2018) being the next day after the expiration of my tenure upon which the immunity I enjoy will lapse to avoid any form of insinuation and was in good faith.
“While drafting my response to your letter of 14th September 2018, my attention was drawn to your widely-publicized letter of September 12, 2018, directing the Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service and similar agencies, to watch-list and arrest me on an imagination that I might leave Nigeria to escape investigation.
“It has finally put in context, your Commission’s hurriedly deleted on-line statement via EFCC Nigeria @OfficialEFCC a day after the Ekiti governorship election that: “The parri is over; the clock of immunity turn apart, and the staff broken. Ekiti Integrated Poultry Project/Biological Concepts Limited N1.3bn fraud case file dusted off the shelves. See you soon.”
“Your Commission by its actions, no doubt has presumed my ‘quilt’ even prior to the commencement of “investigation”.
“This raises serious question about the impartiality, independence or neutrality of the Commission in the matter. I feel harassed, intimidated and embarrassed by the imputation of crime and the innuendos of criminality underlining your correspondence which has been maliciously circulated widely. This in all implies a case of persecution rather than prosecution.
“While I have handed a copy of your letter to my Solicitors for a careful study and advice, let me state here for the records, that there is nothing about me or my antecedents, as a long standing public figure to justify the Commission’s action. I have never been a coward or criminal.
“Notwithstanding, the demonstrated hate and prejudice, I reaffirm my willingness to make myself available to answer questions within my knowledge on the day you may indicate after expiration of my term of office on the 15th October 2018.
“If for any good reason, your investigation cannot await the date suggested in my earlier letter, without prejudice to Section 308 of the Constitution, I will be willing to answer questions from your team of investigators should they be willing to meet me in my office in Ado Ekiti on the 20th September 2018 indicated in yours.
“Save as above, I will appreciate any date convenient to you after 15th October 2018, otherwise, expect me on the 16th October 2018 at 1pm as earlier stated.