Fayose's media aide, Lere Olayinka, has in a statement on Thursday, accused the EFCC of keeping the ex-governor in detention just to 'satisfy the powers that be' since it lacked the required evidence to prosecute him.
Fayose arriving EFCC office on Tuesday
As the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) continued to keep the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose in its custody, his Media Aide, Lere Olayinka has said that the former governor has maintained his denial of all the allegations made against him and insisted that he be charged to court.
"Today is his second day in EFCC custody and I can say that his spirit is high and his will remains very strong," he said.
Olayinka, who said the EFCC must stop acting irresponsibly by subjecting Nigerians to media trial whenever they lacked concrete evidence to sustain court trial, added that "the commission has started its usual lies by claiming that it discovered houses bought by Fayose with public fund."
He said "Nigerians should recall that in 2016, operatives of this same EFCC attempted to seal up a guest house located at Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja, claiming that it belonged to Fayose. Whereas, the building belonged to a retired army general."
Olayinka said since the EFCC claimed to have "overwhelming evidence" against the former governor, the most reasonable thing to do is to charge him to court and get him prosecuted with the overwhelming evidence at the commission's disposal.
"However, since the EFCC is only being used to settle political scores, it is more comfortable with keeping Fayose in custody so as to achieve the agenda of keeping him out of circulation and embarking on its usual media trial.
"But on this Fayose's matter, they have picked on a wrong customer and no amount of intimidation, blackmail and harassment will break his resistance to tyranny, agent of which the EFCC has become."
Meanwhile, in a statement released by Ayo Fadaka, the Zonal Publicity Secretary of the PDP South West Zone, the opposition party, said:
"We note with concern that the EFCC continues to hold in its custody immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Ayo Fayose who submitted himself to the Agency yesterday.
"Our concern is dictated by the fact that months ago, EFCC claimed that it has concluded its investigations and was merely waiting for Fayose to end his tenure and drop his immunity so that he could be arraigned.
It's now going to 48 hours that he submitted to the agency and he is still being held incommunicado, this development immediately put a lie to the claim that EFCC is actually working in public interest but merely playing a partisan card as attested to by its unfortunate tweet in the immediate aftermath of the Ekiti election.
We therefore hold firmly that if Fayose is not charged to court immediately to answer to whatever charges against him, then it will be very clear that the Buhari administration is merely using the EFCC to intimidate, harass and punish him in the most unjust manner.
It will add to the long list of such petty vendetta that have been initiated, prosecuted and sustained by this same administration against some Nigerians that are not in the good books of the President, this clearly is an abuse of power which ordinarily should be beneath the scope of a busy President.
It is sad that at a time Nigerians are wallowing in abject penury, when institutions are failing and insecurity is thriving that this Buhari administration still have enough time to pursue vendetta against citizens.
In this regard we easily recall Buhari's "technical victory" over Boko Haram, yet it remains potent enough kidnap our women and girls, decimate our communities and wage war on the nation.
Just yesterday another aid worker, Hauwa was executed by Boko Haram and all President Buhari could do is place an impotent phone call to her family.
This Government must begin to take its responsibilities serious by taking actions that will safeguard the lives, properties and economic wellbeing of the nation and not continue to reduce itself to a bully!"