The disappointed governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has negated the rumors he will abscond from Nigeria when his immunity from criminal prosecution elapses in October.
Shortly after the election result was announced on Sunday, insinuations filtered that Mr Fayose may flee the country to avoid possible criminal charges as soon as he hands over to Mr Fayemi in three months’ time.
Other critics of the governor were even more brutal, saying he had concluded plans to hand over to his successor and flee the country days before his tenure expires. Hours after Mr Fayemi was declared winner, the anti-graft EFCC posted a tweet threatening to exhume Mr Fayose’s alleged poultry scam case.
PLUSMILA MEDIA learnt that Mr Fayose spoke through his media aide, Lere Olayinka, who told Premium Times yesterday night, that he will stay and fight till the end.“He is not afraid of anything. What are they going to do to him. Is EFCC the court of law?” Lere Olayinka said.
Mr Olayinka also said there was no way the EFCC would be able to pin anything on his principal, whom he said 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.”
Mr Olayinka said Ekiti has been “under siege” since the electioneering kicked into full gear two weeks ago in the state, a situation he said persisted even after the federal government had its favourite person as winner.
“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.”
Mr Fayose, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is slated to hand over power to Kayode Fayemi, who flipped Ekiti State to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s governorship election, on October 16. Mr Fayemi defeated Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, Mr Fayose’s deputy and PDP’s candidate, to reclaim the only South-west state held by PDP.
The state was APC until 2014 when Mr Fayemi, then governor from 2010-2014, lost his first reelection bid to Mr Fayose. Mr Fayose won the June 2014 election in a landslide, defeating Mr Fayemi in all the 16 local government areas of the state.