It’s likely to be Fayose vs EFCC immediately he hands over power October, 2018.
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State is not afraid of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), his spokesman Lere Olayinka has said.
“The governor will hand over when the day comes in October,” Mr Olayinka said. “And if it is necessary that he should go to the EFCC for questioning after leaving office, he will go and meet them.”
The governor is expected to leave office by October, 2018, when he’s expected to hand over baton to the winner of July 14, 2018 Governorship Election in the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
Fayemi of All Progressive Congress (APC) had defeated the annointed candidate of Fayose, who is also his deputy, Prof. Olusola Eleka, of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
According to INEC, Fayemi defeated Eleka in 12 out of 16 Local Government Areas in the state, polling 197,459 while Eleka scored 178,114 votes.
There were unconfirmed report that Fayose has some financial mispropriety on his record as the governor of the state.
He is also seen as been the only opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari’s government in the Southwest states of Nigeria.
Ekiti is the only PDP-controlled state in the region, and the outcome of the Ekiti election had been seen as state vs federal.
Immediately the result was released on Sunday, July 15, EFCC was said to have issued a statement that Fayose should be warming up to face prosecution after leaving office.
But Fayose through his media person said his boss was not afraid criminal prosecution.
There have also been reports that Fayose might sneak out of the country some days before the expiration of his term of office.
In 2006, Fayose sneaked out of Ado-Ekiti immediately former President Olusegun Obasanjo imposed state of emergency on the state.
“He is not afraid of anything. What are they going to do to him. Is EFCC the court of law?” Mr Fayose’s spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, was quoted as saying by Premium Times.
The July 14, 2018 election was seen as being between Fayose and Fayemi considering their political history in the state.
In 2014, Fayose under PDP beat the then incumbent governor Fayemi of a party now known as APC in 2014.
Fayose had boasted severally that Fayemi would be defeated hundred times if he attempted to contest election in the state.
Fayose vs EFCC: Is he planning to run away from Nigeria after handing over in October?
There was a WhatsApp broadcast in circulation on July 15 that Fayose had concluded plan to run away from Nigeria in fear of being arrested by EFCC.
In the message in circulation, there was documents purportedly owned by Fayose to aid his escape through Lome.
The message started circulating immediately EFCC was said to have released a statement on Fayose, though EFCC later took down the statement, it had already gone viral.
The case of 2006 was reported to be the strenght EFCC was planning to level against Fayose.
However, Mr. Olayinka said there was no way the EFCC would be able to pin anything on Fayose, saying his boss would be willing to turn himself in after leaving office.
“Since 2015 that they started talking about Sambo Dasuki, how many Nigerians have they convicted?” Mr Olayinka said. “That was how they lied that the governor had a property on Gana Street in Maitama and nothing came out of it.”
EFCC has not reacted to its threat on Fayose, which was seen as being politically motivated.
More events are expected to unfold in the days ahead.