Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmola, Ado Ekiti
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has described the denial of the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, that he owns choice property in Dubai, as an afterthought.
The party said the alleged listing of Fayose as one of the Nigerian property owners in Dubai has confirmed its earlier alarm that the governor has been using Ekiti funds to purchase property in the Middle East and other parts of the world.
In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the APC, yesterday said “Fayose’s denial on state media that he has no property in Dubai was an afterthought because we will rather believe in the official statement of the government of UAE listing him as a property owner than to believe Fayose who we all know is a pathological liar.
“Only last December, we raised the alarm that Fayose for the umpteenth time again travelled to Dubai with about N250 million Ekiti money when he fraudulently collected estacode for 10 aides who never travelled with him.
Olatunbosun added: “We are equally aware of the governor’s properties bought through cronies and fronts in Ibadan, Ghana, South Africa and America, which shall soon be exposed to the Ekiti public who are daily being denied government’s services while their governor lives in opulence in Nigeria and overseas.
“This is apart from his monthly commitment to his election sponsors who cream off millions of naira from Ekiti treasury in the name of election rigging. We call on the EFCC and other relevant agencies of government to follow the lead provided by the government of the UAE and investigate Governor Fayose with a view to knowing all his properties in Dubai, which are obviously the proceeds from his misappropriation of Ekiti State funds.”
Reacting to the allegation, Fayose described the APC’s claim as propaganda and falsehood aimed at denting his image.
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said: “It was painful that the people who seized power in Nigeria through falsehood and propaganda were still lying eight months after assuming office.I’m not among those lily livered Nigerians that will deny their assets anywhere.
“If they trace any house to me in Dubai, the Federal Government should make public all the details including pictures, location and title documents. The government should also confiscate such property and I am ready to waive my immunity to be prosecuted.”