N4.7 Billion Fraud: Ekiti Protesters
Demand Governor Fayose’s Resignation,
Back Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Policy.
Thousands of protesters on Thursday
stormed the major streets of Ado-Ekiti,
the capital of Ekiti State, calling for the
immediate resignation of Governor
Ayodele Fayose on account of his
involvement in a N4.7 billion fraud and
corruption case under investigation by the
Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC).
T housands of protesters on Thursday
stormed the major streets of Ado-Ekiti,
the capital of Ekiti State, calling for the
immediate resignation of Governor
Ayodele Fayose on account of his
involvement in a N4.7 billion fraud and
corruption case under investigation by the
Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC).
The protesters, who were mostly
residents of the state, also voiced support
for President Muhammadu Buhari’s war
against all forms of corruption in the
country. Students, youths, commercial
drivers, artisans, and traders took place
in today’s protests alongside members of
civil society organizations as they hoisted
placards and walked through Fajuyi Park
to Ejigbo junction chanting anti-
corruption messages.
Some leaders of the opposition All
Progressives Congress (APC) and the
Conference of Nigerian Political Parties
(CNPP) in Ekiti State led many of the
protesters, our correspondent noted.
Addressing the protesters, Kemisola
Olaleye, the Ekiti State APC deputy
chairperson, said the residents of the
state were tired of the Fayose-led
government, accusing the governor of
using immunity to shield himself from his
acts of impunity.
“We are tired of the one day, one problem
of [the] Ayodele Fayose-led
administration in Ekiti State and we also
don’t want him as our governor
[anymore],” said Ms. Olaleye. She added,
“We are raising our support for President
Muhammadu Buhari for his war against
corruption.”
Taiwo Olatubosun, the Ekiti APC’s
publicity secretary, urged the EFCC to
further beam its searchlight on Governor
Fayose’s governance of Ekiti State. “It is
obvious that the anti-graft agency is only
talking about Fayose’s account in Zenith
Bank, but we have it on good authority
that his account in Access Bank contains
much more than what they discovered in
Zenith Bank,” he said. He also alleged
that the governor’s account at Skye Bank
contains a larger deposit than what the
EFCC found at Zenith Bank, insisting that
all the deposits came from state funds.
“Last week, Governor Fayose moved
money from Access Bank with three
vehicles at about 8 p.m.,” Mr. Olatubosun
further alleged. He urged agents of the
EFCC to “investigate all these things as
Ekiti has become a house of fraud under
Fayose.” He vowed that the APC would
continue to resist all forms of immunity by
Mr. Fayose’s administration in the state.
Mr. Olatubosun claimed that the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP), under the
direction of Governor Fayose, had
concluded plans to recruit thugs from
neighboring Ondo and Oyo state for a
rally against President Buhari on Friday.
Speaking at today’s rally, Olaoluwa
Samuel, the contact and mobilization
leader of the National Association of
Nigerian Students (NANS) in Ekiti State,
called on the EFCC and other anti-graft
agencies in the country to thoroughly
probe Mr. Fayose’s administration.
An official of the Conference of Nigerian
Political Parties (CNPP) in Ekiti State
asked Mr. Fayose to submit himself for
investigation regarding the N4.7 billion
reportedly released by the Office of the
National Security Adviser in 2014 to fund
the governor’s election. The CNPP also
demanded that the members of the Ekiti
State House of Assembly accused of
certificate forgery should submit
themselves for prosecution by the anti-
graft agency.
In a press statement released at today’s
protests, the CNPP asked Mr. Fayose to
offer state residents an account of how he
spent N1.5 billion to acquire property in
Abuja and Lagos.

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