Former Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has promised to voluntarily turn himself in at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by 1pm today to respond to allegations against him.
His immunity as governor expired midnight Monday as his predecessor and successor Kayode Fayemi takes the oath of office today..
“Tell them at the Villa; my name is Ayodele Fayose, Peter the Rock. By the Grace of God, I will be at the EFCC on Tuesday by 1pm. I am not a coward”, he told a dinner party held in his honour by fellow PDP governors and party stalwarts.
“Let it be said to them that today is their own. Tomorrow is our own. I will not run away, they will rather run away. They took me to Court 13 years ago, I won after eight years.
“They harassed my family and I got judgment three times against them. This time will not be an exception. Those who wait for me will wait in vain. EFCC is no court”.
The EFCC reportedly had been on a shadow trail of the governor in the past few days, wanted to explain expenditure on a bogus poultry project during his first tenure 2003-2006 and also billions of security money given him by the former National Security Adviser.
The anti-graft agency said it had prepared three teams of investigators to quiz the former governor.
Governors at the dinner, also attended by party chairman Uche Secondus were Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Darius Ishaku (Taraba); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa); Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta); Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto).
Secondus urged the EFCC to follow the rule of law and the constitution in trying Fayose.
“The world is watching, international communities are also watching what will happen to this gentleman that has performed well in Ekiti.
“So when you invite him and he honours it, he is not a coward. If you tamper with his Human Rights and you detain him the whole world will cry out’’.
“Ekiti State is not the same anymore. If you go to Ekiti now you can see the best of the roads, one of the longest bridges, buildings infrastructure and development in all facets
“We are proud of you as PDP governor. We are also proud of other governors of PDP. In fact, for this country, the PDP governors have set the pace for development all over our states.
“I am proud to say that all over our states around the country, you can see great achievements of our government.’’