Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has expressed concerns over plots by the Federal Government, using the instrumentality of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) to destabilize the state with the ultimate aim of illegally impeaching him.
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Gov. Fayose made the allegations at a press conference in Abuja on Sunday as he said part of the plot involved arresting and detaining his Chief of Staff and four members of the state House of Assembly, in an attempt to coerce them into commencing impeachment proceedings against him.
“I called you here to intimate the public through your various medium, of the new clandestine plot by the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress, APC, Federal Government to destabilise the Ekiti state government, using the instrumentalities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
“A few days ago, we got it on good authority that there was a meeting with some politicians from Ekiti state, including an Ekiti born Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN and self-professed human rights activist by agents of the Federal government, with the agenda solely, on how to bring down my administration as the governor of the state.
“Activities of these elements that are obviously afraid of facing another electoral defeat in 2018 are being coordinated through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr Babachir Lawal and the Attorney General of the Federation.
“Certain top functionaries of the Ekiti state government and some important members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti state, and some associates of mine, have now been penciled down for arrest and indefinite detention by the EFCC under the guise of investigating the funds spent by the PDP on the June 21, 2014 governorship election and the Presidential election.
“The game plan is to detain those to be arrested indefinitely, force them to make statements incriminating me, while at the same time feeding the public with orchestrated fake reports, using their usual media organs.
“This is coming after their failure to use the Department of State Services, DSS, to coerce members of the State House of Assembly to buy into the impeachment plot against me with a view to silencing me being a major voice of the opposition.
“The plot is to arrest and detain indefinitely my Chief of Staff, Chief Dipo Anisulowo and four honorable members of the state House of Assembly for treason.
“To achieve this sinister plot against the government and people of Ekiti State, we have been informed that some of their trusted allies in the EFCC have been mobilised to move to Ekiti any moment from now”.
The governor wondered why the anti-graft agency had not beamed its search light on petitions written against some former officials of Ekiti State, who are now occupying key positions in the Buhari administration.
In a swift reaction, the SGF de¬nied any plot to undermine Fayose’s administration, saying Ekiti people, not the Presidency, would decide what to do with the governor at the appropriate time.
“Why would I or the presidency bother about impeaching Fayose? Did we vote for him? Why should we bother ourselves? I was not one of those who voted for him in Ekiti State. Let the people decide what to do with him”, Lawal said.
Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.
This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.
Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.
Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.
Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi
Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has called on his fellow politicians to put issues of 2023 aside and focus on how to rescue the country from the current economic crisis.
Obi said that solving the economic problems of Nigeria was more important than political permutations geared towards the next general elections.
The former Anambra State Governor stated during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
He expressed that the next election has no impact on people’s current livelihoods.
Obi also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not adequately preparing Nigerians for the impact of COVID-19, stating the monies borrowed by this government were not properly put to use.
“Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty.
“So what we should do now is to concentrate on the monetary and fiscal policies to start pulling people out of poverty,” Obi said.
Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku
Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed that the Federal Government should reconsider the 2021 budget owing to the recession.
Nigeria officially entered into its worst economic recession in 33 years after the nation recorded a GDP contraction of 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.
He stated that Nigeria is broke and cannot afford the luxurious items in the N13.08 trillion budget proposal.
Atiku in a Twitter thread on Sunday stated that COVID-19 only complicated an existing economic problem.
Atiu went on to express that had President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration listened to advice, the recession could have been avoided.
“We could have avoided this fate by a disciplined and prudent management of our economy.”
“This could have been avoided had this administration taken heed to the patriotic counsel given by myself and other well-meaning Nigerians on cutting the cost of governance, saving for a rainy day, and avoiding profligate borrowing,” Atiku said.
He further said that now is not the time to trade blames but to focus on ways to manage the situation and called on Buhari’s government to “swallow its pride, and accept its limitations, so that they can open their minds to ideas, without caring who the messenger is.”
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