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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has raised the alarm over plots by the Federal Government, using the instrumentality of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to destabilise the state with the ultimate aim of illegally impeaching him.
The governor raised the alarm at a press conference in Abuja on Sunday.
According to Gov. Fayose, part of the plot involved arresting and detaining his Chief of Staff and four members of the state House of Assembly, in an attempt to coerce them into commencing impeachment proceedings against him.
He said: “I called you here to intimate the public through your various medium, of the new clandestine plot by the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress, APC, Federal Government to destabilise the Ekiti state government, using the instrumentalities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
“A few days ago, we got it on good authority that there was a meeting with some politicians from Ekiti state, including an Ekiti born Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN and self-professed human rights activist by agents of the Federal government, with the agenda solely, on how to bring down my administration as the governor of the state.
“Activities of these elements that are obviously afraid of facing another electoral defeat in 2018 are being coordinated through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr Babachir Lawal and the Attorney General of the Federation.
“Certain top functionaries of the Ekiti state government and some important members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti state, and some associates of mine, have now been penciled down for arrest and indefinite detention by the EFCC under the guise of investigating the funds spent by the PDP on the June 21, 2014 governorship election and the Presidential election.
“The game plan is to detain those to be arrested indefinitely, force them to make statements incriminating me, while at the same time feeding the public with orchestrated fake reports, using their usual media organs.
“This is coming after their failure to use the Department of State Services, DSS, to coerce members of the State House of Assembly to buy into the impeachment plot against me with a view to silencing me being a major voice of the opposition.
“The plot is to arrest and detain indefinitely my Chief of Staff, Chief Dipo Anisulowo and four honorable members of the state House of Assembly for treason.
“To achieve this sinister plot against the government and people of Ekiti State, we have been informed that some of their trusted allies in the EFCC have been mobilised to move to Ekiti any moment from now”.
The governor wondered why the anti-graft agency had not beamed its search light on petitions written against some former officials of Ekiti State, who are now occupying key positions in the Buhari administration.
In a swift reaction, the SGF de¬nied any plot to undermine Fayose’s administration, saying Ekiti people, not the Presidency, would decide what to do with the governor at the appropriate time.
“Why would I or the presidency bother about impeaching Fayose? Did we vote for him? Why should we bother ourselves? I was not one of those who voted for him in Ekiti State. Let the people decide what to do with him”, Lawal said.