Obsanjo The Most Corrupt President In Nigeria- Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has accused former President Olusegun Obsanjo of being the most corrupt President to have ever ruled the country.

He said this in a statement issued on his behalf by Lere Olayinka, his special assistant on public communications.

“Obasanjo that I know does not have morals rights to accuse anyone of corruption because he eats and sleeps with corruption,” he said.

“If anyone must accuse the church in Nigeria of promoting corruption, that person cannot be Obasanjo because he presided over the most corrupt government in the history of Nigeria.”

“Where did Obasanjo get the stupendous wealth he is parading since he was a pauper before he became president?” Fayose asked.

“Where did he get the trillions of naira that he deployed to his failed third term bid? How can Obasanjo, under whose tenure Nigeria witnessed Halliburton scandal be sermonising about corruption? Who introduced politics of Ghana-must-go bags to the national assembly?

“Who was the president when sacks of money were displayed on the floor of the house of representatives, as bribe money given to some reps members to impeach the then speaker, Ghali N’abba?

“Under whose administration was the out-of-court settlement in the ‎controversial $1.09 billion Malabu oil block initiated in 2006?”

This accusation was a retaliation to Obasanjo’s words to the Clergy  speaking on at the 2017 convention lecture of Victory Life Bible Church International, Abeokuta, Ogun state, on Saturday. He had accused church leaders of accepting gifts without questioning their sources.

Fayose Hails Osinbajo, to Host S/West Govs Monday

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has praised the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for sending the name of Justice Walter Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Fayose said this action saved the judiciary and Nigeria from unnecessary tension.

According to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said “On this one, Prof. Osinbajo has shown that he listens, unlike President Muhammadu Buhari that has ruled the country like a military dictator. I salute the Acting President.”

Meanwhile, Fayose will on Monday welcome South Western governors governors in Ado-Ekiti in continuation of their regular meetings aimed at ensuring regional integration.

Another statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday said the meeting would “continue to pursue a unified framework for tackling the development challenges of the region.

“At their last meeting hosted by the Oyo State Government in Ibadan on 21 November, 2016, it was resolved that the next meeting of the forum should be hosted by the Ekiti State Government.

“This meeting is expected to take some critical decisions in respect of the mission of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, for which all the state governments have declared their commitment.

“Governors from Ekiti, Osun, Ondo, Oyo, Ogun and Lagos are to attend the meeting,” the statement said.

Group Demands Prosecution of Ekiti Governor Fayose Over Arms Money

Some protesters under the aegis of “Patriotic Mothers Without Borders”, on Friday, January 20, 2017 stormed the EFCC Abuja headquarters calling for the “arrest, investigation and prosecution” of Ayo Fayose, governor of Ekiti State, over his involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal.

Chanting “Fayose must go”, the women numbering about 300 carried various placards and banners with inscriptions like: “EFCC Must Prosecute Fayose”, “Corruption is Corruption”, “Fayose is being tormented by the blood of innocent Nigerians slaughtered by Boko Haram”.

Convener of the group, Nnenna Jideofor, accused Fayose of stealing part of funds meant to equip the military in the fight against terrorism.

She said: “The gravity of the crime does not permit that we wait indefinitely for Fayose to leave office; he would have finished spending his share of the loot by then, and he has all the time to destroy evidence.”

While presenting its petition to Umar Mohammed, Deputy Director Operations, Abuja, Jideofor expressed discontent at the ruling of Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ekiti, ordering the EFCC to de-freeze Fayose’s Zenith Bank account, that the agency earlier froze having been linked to the arms deal scandal.

“As mothers, we beg the EFCC to as a matter of urgency, investigate how much Fayose gave lawmakers of Ekiti State House of Assembly who we believe have lost their souls to an overlord,” she added.

Responding, Mohammed assured the “mothers with borders” that the agency takes all petitions seriously, and that of the women would be given adequate attention.

“We are not selective in our operations, and every petition received is thoroughly investigated, no matter how highly placed the person is,” he said.

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Fayose Storms Zenith Bank, Withdraws N5m Cash

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose on Thursday stormed the Ado-Ekiti branch of the Zenith Bank to make withdrawal from his hitherto frozen account following a federal high court order asking the bank to de-freeze the governor’s account.

Governor Fayose who made a withdrawal of N5 million in cash and thanked Nigerians for standing with him and against the recklessness of the EFCC.

Details later.

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Court Orders EFCC To Unfreeze Fayose’s Accounts

A Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to immediately unfreeze the accounts of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

Saying the action was against due process, Justice Taiwo Taiwo said the anti-graft agency did not follow the laid down regulations in freezing the accounts.

Justice Taiwo gave the order while delivering judgment in a suit filed by Fayose through his lawyer, Mr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN).

The commission had frozen Fayose’s accounts after allegedly tracing N4.7bn from the office of the National Security Adviser to the accounts.

The governor had approached the court through an ex parte order seeking a mandatory order de-freezing the accounts but the court ordered that the respondents be placed on notice.

Delivering judgment in the suit on Wednesday, Justice Taiwo said the EFCC’s action breached the governor’s fundamental rights to fair hearing, as the commission did not make him a party to the proceedings for the interim freezing of the account.

He said it was also the duty of any presiding judge to protect the constitution and its interpretations whenever the need arose.

Justice Taiwo described Fayose as “a genuinely deprived person who rushed to the court to seek constitutional protection.”

“The plaintiff is entitled to be heard before his property or money can be seized, doing otherwise will amount to denying him fair hearing and constitutional rights.”

The judge agreed with Ozekhome that the EFCC suppressed facts by not disclosing the identity of the plaintiff (Fayose) to the court that granted the interim freezing order that the two accounts that were frozen belonged to a governor  who enjoys total constitutional immunity.

Besides, he stated that the EFCC did not provide any credible evidence empowering it to carry out the freezing of the accounts.

The judge declared that being a person covered fully by immunity under Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution, no legal proceedings could be instituted against Fayose.

“I hereby give a mandatory order directing the respondents jointly or severally to immediately de-freeze, unblock and make operational both accounts belonging to the applicant,” the judge said.

However, the EFCC has faulted the order urging it to lift the restriction placed on Fayose’s  bank accounts.

The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that the order which was delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo was at variance with another order given by Justice M. B Idris, granting the EFCC permission to freeze Fayose’s accounts.

The commission said it would appeal the judgement soon.

Fayose Presents N93bn Budget To Ekiti Assembly

There was drama yesterday at the Ekiti State House of Assembly when Governor Ayo Fayose presented the 2017 Appropriation Bill.
The governor wore a black T-shirt, a camouflage fez cap and a camouflage pair of trousers.
Fayose said he dressed that way because “we are in serious wartime in Nigeria. We are at war in Nigeria”.
After concluding the abridged budget speech, he described himself as “the Speaker of the Assembly” and the Speaker, Kola Oluwawole, is his “representative”.
Fayose said: “I am the Speaker of this Assembly. Oluwawole is representing me here.
“I am the Speaker, he is the Acting Speaker therefore, if I say this budget will be passed by me, it will be passed.”
The governor lampooned the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for allegedly inflicting hardship on Nigerians.
He claimed that the November allocation for Ekiti has not been given any cash backing.
Fayose condemned the Federal Government for the alleged crackdown on Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
The “Budget of Consolidation” was N93, 456, 399, 143.40, which was aimed at completing ongoing projects.
He alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government plans to put Wike under house arrest by midnight Thursday ahead of Saturday’s National and State Assembly rerun.
Fayose promised that the Ado Ekiti flyover and the new Erekesan Market projects will be delivered December next year.
He said the new Governor’s Office, new High Court complex and dual carriage ways in Emure, Ise and the ones to be started in Ilawe, Ijero and the third phase in Ikere will also be delivered next October.
The governor pledged that there will be massive renovation of primary schools while attention will be paid to rural electrification.
Oluwawole and other lawmakers promised to give the budget speedy consideration.

Fayose Presents N93.4 Billion Budget To Ekiti House

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, on Tuesday, December 6, presented a N93.4bn budget for 2017 tagged, “Budget of Higher Height” to the state House of Assembly in Ado Ekiti, state capital.

According to the 2017 budget, the Recurrent Expenditure is ‎N55.02bn which is 59 percent of the budget, while ‎Capital Expenditure is N38.42 bn or 41 percent of the estimates. The total package is of the budget is 33 percent higher than the N70.5bn presented for 2016.

Fayose said that the increment was due to the economic recession and high exchange rate of dollar.

However, there was a mild drama during presentation when the governor said he was the one in charge at the assembly that Kola Oluwawole, speaker, was only holding brief for him. “I am the speaker, he (Oluwawole) is on that seat on my behalf. He is the acting speaker; therefore, he cannot be wrong.  If he is wrong, we will take it to the Government House and resolve it. Therefore, I will pass the budget myself.”

While appraising the 2016 Budget, Fayose said the state only recorded 89 percent performance due to unfavourable economic climate in the country, which according to him, negatively affected the state government. ‎He said out of proportional estimated revenue of N58.7bn for 2016, only N52.4bn was realised as actual revenue.

The governor also announced that he would go to the mountain on December 14 and return on December 21 with predictions for Nigeria.

He said that almost all his predictions for 2016 had come to pass, alleging that there were plans by the federal government to place Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State under house arrest on Thursday, December 8, two days before the legislative rerun elections in the state.

“There is a grand plan to put Governor Wike under house arrest and if he resists, his life will come to an end,” he said.

The governor, who was clad in a military camouflage, lamented that security challenges in the country had made things worse, adding that robbery and kidnapping had become the order of the day.

“It is quite horrifying; Nigeria is moving towards a one-party state. The disobedience against court order. It is shameful that the Federal government is sponsoring rally against court judgments. Today, the judiciary is blackmailed to submission.

“We beg the international community not to look away; Nigerians are suffering, human rights abuses are on the rise,” he said.

Fayose May Dump PDP

Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has hinted that he may have to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for another party in a build up to the 2018 governorship election in the state.

Fayose, who dropped the hint in Ikere Ekiti yesterday, while meeting with the members of the Suppliers’ Association of Nigeria, Ikere chapter, said “I don’t know the platform I will use for the 2018 election yet and at the appropriate time, I will tell you.“We are still studying the situation. We have to play the game left, right and centre and whoever we are going to use and the platform, you will all be part of the process because party politics is about the people”.

Fayose also said the victory of Rotimi Akeredolu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Saturday’s governorship poll in Ondo State does not in any way threaten the popularity and general acceptability of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Ekiti.

The Governor, who described Akeredolu’s victory at the poll as a contrivance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in cahoot with APC, added that the victory did not confer legitimacy on the poll or lent credence to the fact that Ondo electorate had voted rightly.
“You all saw how people sold their votes in Ondo state, I am confident that that will not happen in Ekiti. I am close to the people; you are the source of my strength.

Even if it requires just 48 hours to any election, if I tell you where to go, you will surely follow me there”, Fayose said.

Obanikoro to testify against Fayose Over 4.7Bn Fraud

A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has agreed to testify against Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and his aide, Mr. Abiodun Agbele.

Since Obanikoro earlier confessed in his statement of oath that he was the one who collected the N4.7bn and distributed it, the EFCC wants him to testify against Agbele which will also build a strong case against Fayose who currently enjoys immunity.

Obanikoro has agreed to this and he will be listed as one of the EFCC witnesses. If Agbele is convicted, Fayose will also be convicted once he is charged in 2018 after his immunity in office expires.

Obanikoro has reportedly returned N104m and has pledged to return N480m in instalments every four months. This is part of his plea bargain and negotiation, a common practice in criminal justice across the world.”

However, if Obanikoro cannot cooperate with the EFCC, then he and his sons may be charged along with the others.

Meanwhile, Obanikoro’s lawyer, Mr. James Onoja (SAN), said he was not aware that his client was with the EFCC but promised to find out.

In his statement, the ex-minister told the EFCC that he handed N1.3bn to the then governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore; while N1.219bn was given to Fayose through his aide, Agbele, during the build-up to the Ekiti governorship election which Fayose won.

Obanikoro was said to have converted a remainder of the money into $5.377m and handed  it to Fayose at Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti, in the presence of the then Ekiti State PDP Secretary, Tope Aluko, and other party stalwarts.

Agbele is currently standing trial before Justice Dimgba Igwe of a Federal High Court for allegedly receiving N1.219bn on behalf of Fayose.

A Zenith Bank Manager and branch Head has narrated in details how the money, which took the cashiers 10 days to count was disbursed on the instructions of Agbele

Why we can’t release Fayose’s houses – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has opposed an application by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, asking a Federal High Court in Abuja, to order the release of his six houses located in Lagos and Abuja, earlier seized by the anti-graft agency through a previous court order obtained in July.

The said houses were said to have been obtained through third parties which have now been identified as: J.J. Technical Service, Spotless Investment Limited and one Mrs. Moji Ladeji.

In a counter-affidavit, the EFCC gave reasons why the assets could not yet be released to him as the houses were seized while the governor was under investigation in relation to diversion of public funds.

The houses included four units of 4-bedroom at Chalets 3, 4, 6 and 9 Plot 100 Tiamiyi Salvage V. I. Lagos.

The rest are, 44 Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja and Plot 1504 Yedseram Street, Maitama, Abuja.

The EFCC said at the expiration of the July 20 order given by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba (of the Federal High Court, Abuja) for 45 days, it went before another judge of the court – Justice Okon Abang – for a new order of interim forfeiture granted on November 3 this year.

The EFCC argued that in view of the new interim order of forfeiture, which is to last until the case against the new owners of the properties is concluded, Fayose’s motion now before Justice Dimgba had become an “academic exercise, which is based on nothing.

“It is thus of interest to state that in view of the respondent’s exhibit EFCC1 (a copy of the order by Justice Abang), the order now being sought by the applicant has already been overtaking (sic) by time and event.

Due to the absence of Fayose’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the hearing was stalled and adjourned till December 19.

Fayose Explains Visit To Segun Oni

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Sunday, revealed why he paid a courtesy call on former governor of the state, Engr Segun Oni at his Ifaki Ekiti country home.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, quoted the governor as saying that the visit was not political as being held in some quarters.

The statement quoted the governor as saying that, “leadership comes first; Ekiti comes first and leadership is about sacrifice to make for the purpose of unity and development of his people. That is exactly what I am doing here.

“There is a difference between leadership and politics. To me, Ekiti comes first, every leader willing to make Ekiti first, I will visit him. I am the governor of the state and everybody is my subject.

“My visit to Segun Oni has nothing to do with politics. When it comes to how to move Ekiti forward, we must firstly remove our political garment.”

Meanwhile, Oni who warmly welcomed the governor, said that he was overwhelmed with the visit which was brotherly.

“It is a brotherly visit, I am happy for that. It is a welcome development and good for Ekiti State. We are both leaders of the state,” he added.