By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
Outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose yesterday reiterated his pledge to submit himself at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by 1pm today, saying he is not a coward.
This is coming on the heels of claim by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, that the Presidency has directed the EFCC to indefinitely incarcerate Fayose.
Fayose, whose tenure as governor expires today after his two-tenure in office, had repeatedly boasted that he would report to the anti-graft agency immediately his tenure expires today.
However, speaking at a send-off banquet organized in his honour by PDP governors, Sunday night in Abuja, Fayose said, “Tell them at the villa, my name is Ayodele Fayose, Peter the Rock. By the grace of God, I will be at the EFCC tomorrow (Tuesday) by 1pm. I am not a coward.
“I will not run away; they will rather run away. They took me to court 13 years ago, I won after 8 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. This country belongs to all of us,” he noted.
He promised to talk more than he has been talking as soon as he is through with his EFCC case.
While dismissing any fears of repercussions over his actions in office, “I have no apology to any authority for any of my actions in government. You can never trace me to APC. The option is not a dying party like APC.”
On his part, the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus advised the EFCC to follow the rule of law and the constitution in trying Fayose after he leaves office, and warned against tampering with Fayose’s human rights.
“Let me say here that there are threats of intimidation and frame up waiting for our brother who has performed very well in Ekiti State.
“The world is watching; international communities are also watching what will happen to this gentleman that has performed well in Ekiti,” Secondus said.
He described Governor Fayose as “senior advocate of the common people of Nigeria” who has been advocating for peace and security of the country.
“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,” the party said.