The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Ekiti State Chapter, has alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC), to frustrate the Ekiti State Governor-Elect through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Ekiti State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, alleged that APC had earmarked a whooping N500 million for the compromise of EFCC officials to file fresh charges against Fayose in September with a view to frustrating the governor-elect’s swearing-in in October.
Oluwawole alleged in a statement in Ado Ekiti at the weekend that another five million Dollars had been set aside to buy the EFCC officers after the judge that would handle the matter would have been settled with N200 million from the initial sum raised.
He stated that the plot hatched in the Ikoyi residence of a leader of the party in the presence of other APC national leaders, followed the landslide victory and disgraceful defeat of their candidate at the just- concluded governorship election in Ekiti State.
The PDP said the APC leaders settled for the EFCC option after vain attempts to find fault in the Ekiti governorship election, “hence their resort to another means of tackling the situation to wade off the shame which they have incurred by the ignominious defeat suffered in hand of PDP.”
The party alleged that after the APC leaders dropped the issue of ‘photochromic rigging’ earlier postulated by one of the national officers for lack of credibility and legal viability, they suggested that Fayose could be embarrassed by compromising the EFCC to file fresh charges against him.It alleged that the EFCC issue was in addition to plots of the APC to heighten propaganda against the governor- elect in selected national dailies.
The PDP also alleged that the APC national leaders had impressed on the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to take steps that would frustrate the incoming administration as a way to turn the people against Fayose.
While condemning the plots, the PDP described them as “dastardly and nefarious in its entirety,” adding: “It is only a set of notorious political criminals and men of retrogressive tendencies that could be thinking like this.”
It, however, advised the EFCC as an institution “to run away from the cabal whose major assignment is to cause mayhem and destruction in Nigeria.”
In a swift reaction, the APC said Ekiti PDP is only afraid of its own shadows and that they have just realised that their candidate has a lot of baggage to carry.
Speaking through its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC said the party does not need to raise fresh charges against Fayose as being alleged as he has not cleared himself of the old charges.
“What has happened to the old charges? We don’t need to raise any new charges. EFCC has clearly said that Fayose still has a case to answer. We don’t have time for all they are alleging. The PDP and its candidate in Ekiti State are only afraid of their shadows and they are simply hallucinating,” Mohammed said.
APC further wondered why Ekiti PDP is saying that it (APC) is trying to use EFCC to frustrate Fayose, wondering whether EFCC is a state or federal agency .
“They said we met in our leader’s house in Ikoyi to frustrate Fayose through the EFCC. As I speak, we are on our way from Sapele and we need to ask them if EFCC is not a federal agency and whether APC is the one controlling the EFCC. They are simply afraid of their past and nothing more,” Mohammed further said.