Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, who has had his personal account frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has once more lambasted the presidency. This time, pointing fingers at the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, stating her involvement in the bribery scandal involving U.S. Congressman, William Jefferson.
According to sources, Zenith Bank had frozen Mr. Fayose’s personal account on the order of the anti-graft agency. The governor, who had to visit the bank located at Onigari, GRA in Ado Ekiti himself to investigate, however described the action as criminal and illegal, adding that the EFCC cannot investigate him while he still enjoys immunity as a sitting governor.
“I got wind of the fact that the EFCC had placed a restriction order on my personal account and that of my associates. I came here today and I have been able to see it. This action shows that this government has no respect for the constitution because I enjoy immunity under Section 308,” the Ekiti State governor said.
“I support government fighting corruption, but it has to be within the ambit of the law. You can investigate me, it is their right, but they have to wait till 2018, because I will be done by then. They should not be in a hurry because I will personally come to them for investigation.
“I have become a figure head in this country that I don’t have anywhere to run to. This rascality of EFCC must stop. If they like, let them investigate the whole world. Is it because they are the sitting government now that nobody can ask them questions? We will take every legal procedure to get things right.
“I am not leaving this bank until they give me a statement of account. They must put it into writing because EFCC has no right under the law to freeze my account.
“They did not communicate with me. They want to destabilise the state and we will use all legal means to make them obey the constitution. They can investigate me, but they can’t coerce me,” he said.
Fayose, who urged the president not to see himself as a saint, went further to revive the controversy surrounding the role played by Aisha Buhari in the Williams Jefferson money laundering scandal.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Mr. Fayose said President Buhari was not also without blemish
“Even the President cannot claim to be an angel,” Fayose alleged.
“The estate he built in Abuja is known to us. His wife was indicted over the Halliburton Scandal (sic). When that American, Jefferson, was being sentenced, the President’s wife was mentioned as having wired $170,000 to Jefferson. Her name was on page 25 of the sentencing of Jefferson. We can serialize the judgment for people to see and read.”