The media aide to the former governor of Ekiti State Lere Olayinka Aresa has said that his principal (Ayo Fayose) remains strong in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to him, Fayose who has stayed over 24 hours in detention with the EFCC has refused to bow to a media trial by the Commission.
In his statement, Lere said; “Today is his second day in EFCC custody and I can say that his spirit is high and his will remains very strong,” he said.
Olayinka, who said the EFCC must stop acting irresponsibly by subjecting Nigerians to media trial whenever they lacked concrete evidence to sustain court trial, added that “the commission has started its usual lies by claiming that it discovered houses bought by Fayose with public fund.”
“Nigerians should recall that in 2016, operatives of this same EFCC attempted to seal up a guest house located at Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja, claiming that it belonged to Fayose. Whereas, the building belonged to a retired army general.”
Olayinka said since the EFCC claimed to have “overwhelming evidence” against the former governor, the most reasonable thing to do is to charge him to court and get him prosecuted with the overwhelming evidence at the commission’s disposal.
“However, since the EFCC is only being used to settle political scores, it is more comfortable with keeping Fayose in custody so as to achieve the agenda of keeping him out of circulation and embarking on its usual media trial.
“But on this Fayose’s matter, they have picked on a wrong customer and no amount of intimidation, blackmail and harassment will break his resistance to tyranny, agent of which the EFCC has become.”
No matter the decadence and the altitude of the altars of corruption in the African continent, I am too sure and highly optimistic that the future holds something better and sustainable for our Nations. Evil can only prevail for a while and the events of today is a fight between light and darkness and the obvious will always happen. Africa as a continent is passing through tough times today, we are the ones that all the aids come to, and we are the victims of ethnic wars and violence but all these are happening so that as a continent we would have a story to tell. A story of independence, of hope, one that led us through trial times, in disagreement with one another until we get to one of prosperity for posterity. It will be on record that we survived the toughest and fiercest level of violence. It will also prove that we have been able to develop political structures and systems that can’t be found anywhere in the world. For instance, Nigeria will be proud to say they developed and built a democracy that now accommodates over 400 ethnic groups equally, with a collective goal and vision. (Next Generation)