The deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Engr. Segun Oni, has urged Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State to explain how he came about the billions of naira found in his bank accounts.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had frozen the Ekiti governor’s personal bank accounts with Zenith Bank after it traced multi-billion naira payments from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to the accounts.
Oni, who spoke on a live interview programme “Heart of the Matter” on ADABA 88.9 FM monitored on Friday, berated Fayose for attempting to hide under immunity to “play games” with the commonwealth of Ekiti people.
The APC chieftain, himself a former governor of the state, insisted that Gov. Fayose has a lot of explanations to give on the management of public funds.
He described the emergence of Fayose as the governor in the June 21, 2014 governorship election as a “very costly mistake” for all Ekiti people, stressing that the state needs to be rebuilt as soon as the incumbent’s tenure ends in 2018.
Mr. Oni also absolved Ekiti people of blame for electing Fayose as their governor for a second term, saying the June 21, 2014 governorship poll in the state was not ordinary as latest revelations have not only proved that it was neither free nor fair, but it was massively rigged.
He also queried what the governor was doing with N250million monthly security vote when according to him, “the state is not at war”.
The ex-governor also said the EFCC was empowered by law to freeze accounts where slush funds and other funds which do not pass the integrity test are kept to sanitize the system and to show to the whole world that nobody is above the law.
He said: “I cannot imagine where he (Fayose) got the money (in the frozen accounts), does he have an oil well? Anybody who cannot explain his wealth; that I have this so so amount in this account and this is how I got it, must be made to account for such funds.
“He is shouting about immunity, immunity what? Immunity to continue to steal? Let him address the issue of stealing, people may call it various names like embezzlement of what have you but theft has no other name. If somebody wears a good cloth and he was discovered to have stolen, he is wearing the cloth of a thief.
“Immunity was put in the Constitution so that elected chief executives can do their jobs without distractions but not to the extent of stealing, immunity does not say the person in question cannot be investigated. Let him be investigated, his prosecution is waiting for him when he finishes his tenure.
“Talking about the IGR accounts, those accounts are only known to Fayose and this is wrong. Fayose should come out and tell the people. This guy cannot be transparent because he is dubious and that is why everything is shrouded in secrecy. He cannot be transparent because he is dubious.
“Fayose was a very costly mistake for all of us, whatever we didn’t do right, he is the least qualified person to rule any state. His education and work experience are too low to be considered for the office of the governor and all of us are now paying for that mistake.
“I believe the elite will learn from the mistakes, people should not be talking on the social media only, they should go to the grassroots to back their words with action and that was what the Osun people did”.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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