– Ekiti state former governor, Adeniyi Adebayo, said Goodluck Jonathan played a destructive role
– Adebayo accused Governor Ayo Fayose of embezzlement
– Adebayo told the judiciary to support anti-graft war
Following the recent revelation made by the former secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti state, Dr. Temitope K. Aluko, a former governor of the state has berated the immediate past administration of former president Goodluck Joanthan.
According to Reports Afrique, the former governor, Adeniyi Adebayo, accused Jonathan of playing a devastating role in the June 2014 gubernatorial election that ushered in Ayo Fayose as the governor.
Adebayo, who is a founding chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a statement issued on Thursday, February 4, noted that despite the fact that Kayode Fayemi lost the election, the development “speaks to the very core of the corruption entrenched in the previous administration.”
The former governor disclosed that he was disappointed that Jonathan gave Fayose all the support he needed “to decimate an election process with reckless abandon,” and wondered why an incumbent president would plot to sabotage the peoples will.
Adebayo further pointed out that Aluko’s confession synchronized with the report of the military panel of inquiry that investigated the roles of the military in Ekiti and Osun states elections.
The elder statesman posited that with the revelations from PDP former secretary, it was obvious that Fayemi losing reelection bid “is not just an APC issue.”
“This falls under the jurisdiction on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Nigeria Police and the judiciary. You have Aluko here with the smoking gun, not only indicting the other cohorts in this morally despicable saga but indicting himself also in the process. If as alleged by Aluko, Fayose used $2 million approved by former president just to win the primaries within his own party, you can then begin to imagine how he had no limits in his desperation to rob the Ekiti people both through propaganda and physical means,” Adebayo said.
The former governor solicited for the criminal prosecution of anybody found to have committed a criminal offence, insisting anybody accused of criminal offences “must face the law.”
Adebayo pointed out that such criminal prosecution does not stop the federal government from functioning because it is not the President that is directing their investigations on day-to-day operations.
“There are organs of government that are directing them, such as the EFCC operatives and the Nigerian Police. It is not under the Central Bank or the Ministry of Finance. The fact that some people are being prosecuted takes nothing away from the federal government.
“If anything, it only brings better understanding to the our people about the challenges the government is facing due to the reckless damage done before the Buhari government came into office. The issue of the misappropriation of about $2.1 billion of government funds is just one small aspect of the probe,” he said.
Adebayo tasked the judiciary to pay undivided attention to anti-graft war, stressing that the fight against corruption is also within the judiciary. He said the country’s chief justice and the national judicial council issue statements and pronouncements often.
“Whenever allegations are made against judges and justices, they are investigated, and those that are found culpable are sanctioned,” he said.
After the PDP former secretary made public the drama that brought Fayose in as the state governor, concerned Nigerians and opposition parties chieftains started calling for his arrest and prosecution. A chief magistrate court in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital ordered the state commissioner of police to arrest the former scribe for alleged perjury.
But Aluko in a recent interview said he was not aware of arrest warrant issued against him by an Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court or any court for alleged perjury.
The former PDP scribe who recently alleged that he is under threat, also alleged that former president Goodluck Jonathan gave $37 million to Fayose to rig last year’s election in the state.
Fayose, who responded to Aluko’s allegation through his special assistant on public communications and new media Lere Olayinka, labelled the former PDP scribe as one with unstable character.