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APC Wants Presidency To Stop Probe Of Fayemi – PDP

Posted: Jul 13, 2015 at 12:04 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yaqoub Popoola (Ado-Ekiti), Temidayo Akinsuyi (Lagos)

Apparently worried at the failure of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, despite various petitions of financial mismanagement against him, the State’s chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday raised the alarm about a grand plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to shield the former governor from prosecution.

Kayode Fayemi

Kayode Fayemi

A statement by the PDP’s Publicity Secretary, Jackson Adebayo, alleged that some powerful APC leaders are putting pressure on the presidency to halt Fayemi’s investigation.

The party is apparently reacting against the backdrop of the renewed vigour that has seen the anti-graft agency keep courts in Abuja and Kano busy in the past few days. So far, apart from former Jigawa governor, Sule Lamido and his sons, who may celebrate Sallah, which ends the Muslim month of Ramadan in incarceration, his colleague in Adamawa, Murtala Nyako and his son, as well as Ikedi Ohakim, former governor of Imo were granted bail last week.

But in a quick response, the APC, through its Ekiti State Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, also on Sunday, dismissed the PDP’s claim as unfounded, recalling that it had always challenged the Federal Government and the EFCC to prosecute Fayemi if there were evidences.

According to the PDP statement, “it has come to our notice that there is a sinister motive by the leaderships of (the APC) to put pressure on the presidency to halt the investigation of the former APC governor by the EFCC when it dawned on them that the various petitions before the EFCC on the financial mismanagement of the (his) administration in Ekiti State between 2010 and 2014 cannot be ignored again by the anti-graft body in its current moves against past governors”.

Adebayo maintained that some leaders of APC were planning to approach President Mohammadu Buhari through his closest men from the north in a desperate attempt to shield Fayemi from inevitable arrest and prosecution by the EFCC, because of the magnitude of the petitions before it and the veracity of the issues raised and investigated by the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police.

“PDP however noted that the body language of the President has not suggested that he was in tune with those who had approached him as the SFU is at the advance stage of handling over their findings to the EFCC for prosecution.

“We are aware that the (SFU) of the Nigeria police have reached an advanced stage in their investigation of the financial mismanagement of the immediate past government in Ekiti State and alleged outright diversion of money meant for the state to private pockets. We are also aware that Fayemi has approached a top security chief who is very close to the president to intervene.

“We therefore call on President Buhari not to entertain any entreaty from any quarters that can lead to evasion of justice by the former governor and his collaborators in the shady deals that has put Ekiti state in the present financial doldrums,” the PDP said.

Adebayo said that the PDP was monitoring the development as it unfolds and would continue to support every move by any government agency to retrieve stolen money from the state by anybody, no matter how highly placed the person may be.

“What is paramount to the party is for the thieves who stole Ekiti money to return it so that the people can enjoy it again,” he said.

“But while defending the ex-governor, the Ekiti APC said Fayemi had always made himself available for probe, if need be, stressing that: “Fayemi is in the country. It is not as if he traveled out of the country. Why is the PDP just waking up with these accusations? They should stop these distractions.”

The APC spokesman, who described the PDP’s allegation as a distraction said: “The (Ayodele) Fayose government is not only fraudulent, but milking Ekiti State and distracting the attention of the EFCC. We have enough evidence to nail Fayose and EFCC is already beaming its searchlight on him.

“Fayose cannot account for the monthly allocations to the state in the last eight months. He cannot account for the N22 billion by the Federal Government on projects executed by Fayemi administration, he cannot account for the N2 billion Ecological Fund and the N2.1 billion bail-out for Ekiti.

“The governor is also yet to explain where he got the N2.6 billion wage bill for the state when the wage bill was N2.3 billion under Fayemi with all political appointments and subventions,” Olatunbosun stressed.

In a related development, the PDP in Edo State wants the EFCC to extend its current anti-corruption crusade to that part of the country, with its chairman, Dan Orbih, assuring that there is “more than enough materials to nail the corrupt practices of the political leaders in Edo State, starting with the governor.”

Addressing newsmen in Benin on Sunday, Orbih also attributed the financial crisis rocking local governments in Edo to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who he accused of plunging the council into the current crisis. He noted that the governor is now bereft of ideas on how to bring the councils out of the woods.

Already, 15 of Edo’s 18 local councils owe workers salaries ranging from three to 10 months, he noted.

Orbih said the governor’s threat to stop the security votes of the council chairman if the salaries are not paid, is laughable and immoral, stressing that the inability of the council to pay salaries was not because they were not getting money, but due to the interference by the state in council’s funds.

He alleged that there was ample evidence that the state government was always deeping hands into the money meant for councils every month, recalling for example, that the sum of N212.278 billion was released to the councils in the state between November 2008, when Governor Oshiomhole assumed office, and April 2015.

Orbih, who also alleged that the council chairmen earn between N1.7 million and N1.2 million each every month as security votes, while the legislative arm of the councils earns about N1 million each as security votes, noted that the combined sum of N42 million was nowhere close to the over N500 million Governor Oshiomhole earns monthly as security votes.

He argued that Oshiomhole has no moral right to talk about accountability and transparency in Abuja while fleecing Edo of her resources, challenging the governor to return the money he has collected as security votes, because Edo has never experienced security challenges under his watch.

Orbih, who also spoke on the flood and erosion problem confronting Benin City, said there was nothing on ground to justify the N30 billion facility obtained from the capital market and the N5 billion received from the World Bank to curtail the twin menace, as many houses and properties were lost to last week in the state capital.

“Here is a governor asking council chairmen to forfeit N1.2 million per month but who cannot forfeit N500 million. The total security votes of the councils in a year are about what Oshiomhole collects every month”.

“He brought this hardship upon the people and he is now trying to absolve himself. He impressed upon the council chairmen not to cry out but one good thing is that the Edo people already know the truth. Edo people must sit up and reflect on the deception of Oshiomhole and his party and make the right choice next year,” he stressed.