The embattled Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to charge the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, to court if the commission has evidence of fraud against him.
The governor, who restated his support for the anti-corruption war, bemoaned a situation where the commission would first arrest and detain a person before shopping for evidence against him.
According to him the EFCC appears to be operating a system in which an accused person is first arrested, detained endlessly while the anti-corruption agency goes about looking for evidence.”
Fayose, challenged the EFCC to also act on petitions submitted to it against All Progressives Congress chieftains and the President’s election sponsors.
He cautioned that nothing untoward must happen to Metuh, adding that the APC’s desperation to decimate and silence the opposition had dragged the Buhari-led government in the mud of lawlessness.
“However, what we are witnessing in Nigeria today is a situation whereby the EFCC will arrest PDP leaders, humiliate them by subjecting them to media trial, detain them for weeks in the process of trying to force them to make statements during which the commission will be looking for evidence.
“The international community, especially the United Nations, African Union, European Union, and others are put on notice on this condemnable act of arresting and detaining opposition leaders by agents of the Buhari-led government before fishing for evidence.”
While challenging the President to extend his anti-corruption crusade to those who sponsored his election, Fayose added that “any anti-corruption effort that targets only members of the opposition and those with axe to grind with the government of the day can never succeed.
Its really a hard job to do, but the PMB led government need to prosecute some of the people who sponsored him election and those petitions submitted against some of his ministers during screening have been jettisoned.