EFCC says only the court could clear Ayo Fayose of his criminal trial after leaving office, the anti-graft agency says it remains apolitical as a law enforcement organisation
Prof Itse Sagay accuses Fayose of committing grievous sins, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said the outgoing governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, will face criminal trial at the Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti at the expiration of his tenure.
The anti-graft agency, made the a statement on Monday, July 16, when reacting to condemnation that trailed a tweet on its official Twitter handle that it would resurrect a poultry scandal involving the governor.
Speaking on the controversy generated by the tweet which has been deleted, EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, told Premium Times that 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,” Uwujaren said.
The statement by the anti-graft agency read: “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.”