The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to incarcerate the outgoing governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose indefinitely.
PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said information at the party’s disposal indicated that the presidency has put the commission on alert to arrest the governor at midnight on Monday and detain him indefinitely.
According to the statement, the directive by the presidency was not unconnected with the plot to use the EFCC and other security agencies to incarcerate the governor owing to his persistent criticism of the President Buhari-led APC government.
“This uncompromising stands of the outgoing governor against the present administration was the reason Ekiti State was invaded and taken by force during the last governorship election.
“By 12 midnight, the governor’s residence is expected to be surrounded by armed men of the EFCC under the pretense that they had information of his plot to escape.
“This is to achieve their plan to humiliate the
governor and portray him in bad light to the public by dramatising his arrest,” the party noted.
It recalled that the governor offered to submit himself to the EFCC despite the commission’s alleged display of bias and partisanship as demonstrated in its various actions, especially its tweets and putting the governor on security watch-list.
The party accused the EFCC of unprofessionalism in deriding the governor,
“making light of a very serious matter by mocking him and asking him to
come before his tenure elapsed, which the governor declined in line with the constitutional immunity.
“It is now beyond dispute that Governor Fayose is not a scoundrel running away from justice.
“Whatever the EFCC, APC, and the presidency’s spin-doctors may say, it is also clear to everyone that Fayose is not a coward; neither is he afraid of the EFCC.
“Fayose is prepared and ready to defend himself in the court of law. Neither the presidency nor EFCC is a court of law.
“Since the EFCC said it had dusted up Fayose’s files, it should be ready to take him to court
once he presents him at the agency’s office on Tuesday.
“Governor Fayose has offered to walk to the EFCC office by himself and nothing must happen to him tonight.
“The PDP condemns this resort to fascism by the APC government, saying the whole world should be at alert to see another demonstration of crude disrespect for the rule of law and rights of Nigerians.”
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