Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, has written to the Financial and Monetary Crimes Commission (EFCC) once more affirming his readiness to appear before the commission at its workplace in Abuja on October 16th 2018 at 1 pm.
In the letter dated September 14th, 2018 and signed by himself, Fayose chided the EFCC for calling him out on his earlier letter and mentioned he was ready for them On October 16. Fayose accused the antigraft company of ”hate, prejudice, persecution and partiality” towards his particular person.
Fayose mentioned in the letter that if the EFCC was in an excessive amount of hurry, and can’t wait until the first day of the finish of his tenure, it ought to come to him in Ado Ekiti, the state capital on the September 20th it indicated in its letter of September 13th.
“As a accountable citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who at present enjoys immunity beneath Part 308 of the Structure, it might quantity to a breach of the Structure which I swore to uphold if I appear in your workplace on any date sooner than 16th October 2018. If executed in any other case, it is going to set a incorrect precedent for the Constitutional Establishment that I signify.
“I fastidiously selected that date (October 16, 2018) being the subsequent day after the expiration of my tenure upon which the immunity I take pleasure in will lapse to keep away from any type of insinuation and was in good religion.
“Whereas drafting my response to yours of 14th September 2018, my consideration was drawn to your broadly publicized letter of 12th September 2018 to the Comptroller Normal, Nigeria Customs Service and related companies, directing them to watch-list and arrest me on an creativeness that I’d depart Nigeria to escape investigation. It has lastly put in context, your Commission’s hurriedly deleted on-line assertion vide, EFCC Nigeria @OfficialEFCC a day after the Ekiti governorship election that: “The occasion is over; the clock of immunity flip aside, and the workers damaged. Ekiti Built-in Poultry Challenge/Organic Ideas Restricted N1.3bn fraud case file dusted off the cabinets. See you quickly.
“Your Commission by its actions, little doubt has presumed my ‘quilt’ even prior to the graduation of “investigation”. This raises a critical query about the impartiality, independence or neutrality of the Commission in the matter. I really feel harassed, intimidated and embarrassed by the imputation of crime and the innuendos of criminality underlining your correspondence which has been maliciously circulated broadly. This in all implies a case of persecution somewhat than prosecution.
“Whereas I’ve handed a replica of your letter to my Solicitors for a cautious examine and recommendation, let me state right here for the information, that there’s nothing about me or my antecedents, as a long-standing public determine to justify the Commission’s motion. I’ve by no means been a coward or a legal.
“It’s possible you’ll want to recall that in 2007, exactly on the 19th day of December, I willingly introduced myself for EFCC investigation at your Lagos workplace. There may be due to this fact nothing new or unusual in my letter of 10th September 2018 which has been acquired and handled in unhealthy religion and style. I believed I used to be helping the due and honest strategy of regulation.
“However the demonstrated hate and prejudice, I reaffirm my willingness to make myself obtainable to reply questions inside my information on the day you could point out after the expiration of my time period of workplace on the 15th October 2018. If for any good causes, your investigation can not await the date steered in my earlier letter, with out prejudice to Part 308 of the Structure, I will likely be prepared to reply questions out of your group of investigators ought to they be prepared to meet me in my workplace in Ado Ekiti on the 20th September 2018 indicated in yours.
“Save as above, I’ll recognize any date handy to you after 15th October 2018, in any other case, count on me on the 16th October 2018 at 1 pm as earlier said.”