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“Fayose Will Face Criminal Trial After Leaving Office” – EFCC Reveals In New Statement

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“Fayose Will Face Criminal Trial After Leaving Office” – EFCC Reveals In New Statement - Happynaija.com
“Fayose Will Face Criminal Trial After Leaving Office” – EFCC Reveals In New Statement - Happynaija.com
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Governor Ayodele Fayose who is a vocal critic of President Muhammadu Buhari, will face criminal trial after leaving office, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have said.

Influential politician and Governor of Ekiti State,

Ayodele Fayose, who is expected to leave office in

October after handing over to the governor-elect

of the state, Kayode Fayemi, will face criminal trial

after leaving office, EFCC said in a statement on Monday.

Recall that few hours after Kayode Fayemi was announced

winner of the Ekiti guber election, the EFCC posted a

tweet on its official Twitter handle that it would

resurrect a poultry scandal involving the governor.

The anti-graft agency later deleted the tweet which

was condemned by many Nigerians including the

governor’s spokesperson.

 

Meanwhile, in a statement sent to PREMIUM Times

on Monday night, the EFCC spokesperson played down

on the tweet controversy, but said only the court could

clear Fayose of his criminal trial after leaving office.

“While it is true that there is a subsisting criminal charge

against Governor Fayose, the fate of the charge will be

determined by the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti,

at the expiration of his tenure, not the EFCC,”

the agency’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said.

Read the full EFCC statement by Uwujaren below:

“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has

observed with interest, reactions to a tweet that

purportedly appeared on the Commission’s Twitter

handle July 15, announcing the imminent revival of

the criminal case against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.

 

In the opinion of most commentators, the tweet coming

a few hours after Fayose’s protege, Kolapo Olusola of

the People’s Democratic Party lost the governorship

election to his All progressives Congress rival,

Kayode Fayemi, betrayed the partisanship of the

EFCC in the political contest in Ekiti State.

 

Against the background, Commission is constrained to

state that the purported tweet does not represent the

views of the EFCC. As a law enforcement organization

the Commission is apolitical and was not involved in the

recent Ekiti election. It therefore has no reason to

gloat over the political misfortune of any candidate

or political god-father.

While it is true that there is a subsisting criminal charge

against Governor Fayose, the fate of the charge will be

determined by the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti,

at the expiration of his tenure, not the EFCC.”

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