The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state has demanded for Governor Ayodele Fayose to explain how he got N650m to purchase a land allegedly transferred to the retired chief of defence staff, Air Vice Marshal Alex Badeh.
APC has faulted Governor Fayose for his refusal to declare his assets publicly.
A witness in the trial Alex Badeh, told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, May 23, that Fayose was the owner of a N650m land that was purchased by the former chief of defence staff, who is facing criminal trial over division of money meant for the purchase of arms.
Following the witness’ testimony, the APC said it was imperative for Fayose to clarify his role in the land transaction because of the governor’s failure to declare his assets and the allegation of fraud raised against his office, Daily Post reports.
The spokesperson of the party in Ekiti state, Taiwo Olatunbosun said the several allegations of illegal fund transfers, including the $35 million he allegedly got from the Office of the national security adviser to prosecute his election in what is now known as Ekitigat calls for an inquiry into the details of the governor’s properties.
He said: “Fayose has refused to tell Ekiti people the details of his assets after he was sworn in and of course we have been vindicated in our claim that the governor was involved in the arms purchase fraud through which billions of naira were ferried to Ekiti to rig his election.
“This is also a confirmation of alleged keeping of billions of naira in alleged specially-designed save made in South Africa where proceeds of frauds are kept in Afao-Ekiti.
“In his first term, anti-crime agencies discovered that the governor made anticipatory declaration of assets, including his Iyaganku mansion in Ibadan.
“The site of that property was a thick forest when Fayose became a governor as discovered by the EFCC and DSS in their reports on the governor’s assets declaration form,” Olatunbosun explained.
The APC spokesperson accused the governor of being on a mission to milk the state, alleging that Fayose was among the Nigerian political office holders listed to own properties in Dubai.
Olatunbosun said Fayose’s opposition to the Single Treasury Account (TSA) follows from the fact that he has never rendered account of Ekiti finances to the people or declared his assets publicly like his predecessor in office.
“This is why many secret accounts allegedly owned by him are believed to be conduit pipes through which state funds are used for his personal use, particularly several taxes collected from Ekiti people that cannot be traced to any account owned by Ekiti State Government,” he said.
In another development, Governor Ayo Fayose has urged governors across the country to follow suit in his footsteps by banning cattle grazing in their states.
The special assistant to the governor on public communication and new media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, disclosed that Fayose said banning cattle grazing in states will stop the incessant killings of farmers by rampaging herdsmen across Nigeria.
However, Fulani herdsmen have described the order by Governor Ayo Fayose prohibiting herdsmen from rearing cattle in any part of Ekiti state as unlawful.
Reacting to Fayose’s order, the former president of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association (MACBAN), Alhaji Bello Ardo, said the Fulani have a right to move freely and conduct their business across the nation’s landscape.