A huge protest broke out in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Thursday, as excited crowds of residents shut down business and commercial activities, declaring their support for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC’s probe of Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The protesters, comprising of youths, market women, members of the civil society and the organized labour, brandished placards with anti-Fayose inscriptions and demanded the resignation of the governor.
The protesters gathered at the Fajuyi Park area, near the Governor’s Office and went round major streets in Ado Ekiti, before converging at the popular Ijigbo junction where they held a rally and were addressed by many activists who echoed support for the anti-corruption drive of the President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration.
Omotunde Fajuyi, a leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in EKiti State, supported the efforts of the EFCC to probe Fayose, saying that the embattled Governor must forfeit the funds in his already frozen Zenith Bank Account to the State Government.
Gboyega Adeoye, an indigene and one of the protesters said, “I saw all these coming long ago. There is a limit to grandstanding, particularly when one is with little or no reputation. It is a case of over stretched luck. And it is sad that one can have two undue chances and squandered them.”
Fayose’s headache began when the EFCC froze his bank accounts with Zenith Bank Plc, alleging that it contained proceeds of crime.
He immediately went to court seeking for an order to unfreeze the accounts and claiming that he was protected from any prosecution as provided for in the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended.
The court then asked the EFCC and Zenith Bank to provide reasons why it should not grant Fayose’s plea.
The EFCC promptly filed documents showing details of how governor Fayose, received N1.2 billion from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, a retired Colonel, through former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.
Recall that Dasuki is currently facing trial for alleged misappropriation of $2 billion meant for the purchase of weapons for the country’s Armed Forces.