Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Fayose spending state money on court cases – APC

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of spending the state’s money to prosecute his legal matter with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.The state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said in statement in
Ado Ekiti on Tuesday that the party was in possession of a fact that the N22m allegedly spent to charter airplane that conveyed his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) from Lagos to Akure airport was allegedly taken from the state’s treasury.

The commission had frozen Fayose’s bank accounts and some of his associates after allegedly tracing part of the N4.7bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser under Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) to them and those of two sons of a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

The governor, while denying the allegation, had said he had no financial transaction whatsoever with the ONSA under Col Sambo Dasuki (retd) and Obanikoro either by cash, cheque or electronic transfer.

He claimed that his election was financed by Zenith Bank, which had since denied the governor’s claim.Fayose through Ozekhome consequently approached the court seeking a mandatory order unfreezing his accounts.

But the APC has kicked against the governor for allegedly drawing from the state’s finances to hire a lawyer to prosecute the case in court.

Olatunbosun alleged that Ozekhome, had flown from Lagos to Akure, Ondo State capital, twice since the beginning of the case, all at the expense of the state government.

“We gathered from a reliable source that a warrant for the payment of N22m being the cost of chartered aircraft that flew Ozekhome twice from Lagos to Akure was issued and the money released almost immediately by the office of the Accountant General. 

“The N22m is outside of the legal fee, which has been reportedly paid to Ozekhome by the state government, to pursue a personal matter for the governor whose private account was frozen. 

“Fayose is fond of using state funds for his personal affairs as it is the case with his latest matter with the EFCC, the same way he has been spending state’s money on adverts in several newspapers to abuse President Muhammadu Buhari,” Olatunbosun explained.

He accused Fayose of appropriating the state’s funds as his personal money, citing IGR cash balances allegedly kept in secret accounts that were only known to the governor.

“Fayose has taken corrupt practices in government to a ridiculous height by renting out his personal house in Abuja to the State Government to be used as Abuja Government House for eight years at N50m per annum, even though Ekiti State Government has a befitting guest house and hotel called the NANET SUITES in the Federal capital.

“Fayose and his counsel should be reminded that it is a financial crime to use state funds for personal matters and we wish to invite the EFCC to quiz the state Accountant General and the Cabinet Office over this abuse of office and flagrant violation of financial regulations,” he concluded.

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