Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has said that he will not abscond from Nigeria when his immunity from criminal prosecution elapses in October. Fayose is slated to hand over power to Kayode Fayemi, who won the Saturday’s election, on the sixteenth of October.
Shortly after the election result was announced on Sunday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC posted a tweet threatening to exhume Fayose’s alleged poultry scam case. Fayose was removed from office on allegations that he looted funds meant for poultry farming in 2006.
The EFCC was criticized for the statement, which was taken down a few hours later. The agency, however, clarified later that the matter was never dormant, saying prosecution only stopped because Fayose became a governor.
There were speculations that Fayose may flee the country to avoid possible criminal charges as soon as he hands over to Fayemi in three months’ time. Fayose’s spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, however told newsmen last night that there is no way the EFCC will be able to pin anything on his principal, whom he said will be willing to turn himself in after leaving office.