Ayodele Fayose, the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, has declared his readiness to face any panel constituted to probe his administration, saying a “clear conscience fears no accusation”.
Fayose made the declaration to journalists after appearing at the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Friday to respond to the state legislature’s questions during his stint as governor from 2014 to 2018.
The assembly had summoned Fayose; Kola Oluwawole, a former Speaker of the Assembly; Dapo Olagunju, a former Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria; Kola Kolade, a former Commissioner for Local Government Affairs; and the 16 local government chairmen elected during Fayose’s tenure over allegations bordering on misappropriation of funds.
The former governor explained that he arrived at the assembly’s chambers as soon as he got confirmation from Funminiyi Afuye, the House Speaker, that he was invited for questioning.
He, however, wondered why the state legislators who asked him to appear before the house were not prepared to commence the probe.
Fayose said: “When I got to the Assembly, they said they were not ready and that they would inform me when they were ready. As a matter of fact, since they accused me of financial misappropriation, they were supposed to be ready.
“I got this by noon yesterday (Thursday) and I called the Speaker to confirm whether it was true and he confirmed it. You know my style. When the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) wanted me, I told them ‘I’m here’.
“So, I have come to the House of Assembly to tell them I’m available for their questions. I drove down from Lagos to tell them that there was no hiding place for some of us, so, I am here and ready to give an account of my stewardship.”
It was, however, learnt that Fayose went into a closed-door session with Afuye and two other lawmakers.
Fayose also debunked speculations that he has been let off the hook by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The former governor declared that he will never become a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), but would rather go through the course of the law to clear his name.
He said, “I will not follow the multitude to sin. I want to believe that selective justice will not help our country.
“I have condemned anyone who says that in Nigeria, when you come to the All Progressives Congress, then you become a saint. I am telling you, I will never become a member of the APC, I will never defect.
“If I wanted a soft landing against my party, against my candidate, that would have happened in the past, I stood my ground during the elections. So, that is impossible.”