The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has debunked the claim by Governor Ayodele Fayose that he has been discharged and acquitted by the Federal High Court in the alleged N1.3b poultry project fraud case instituted against him in 2005 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said in a statement on Wednesday that the governor had been misleading the public for long about the status of the case still pending in the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti.
Fayose had umpteenth time in the media and public speeches claimed that the court had acquitted him over the matter that was first before the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, before he contested the jurisdiction of the court, arguing that the alleged crime was committed in Ekiti State.
He won the argument and the case was subsequently transferred to the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, which resumed the hearing of the case without delivering judgment against the claim by the governor on several occasions that the court had cleared him.
But Olatunbosun said the party’s reaction to the governor’s claim became necessary to draw public attention to the true position of the matter.
He said contrary to Fayose’s claim, the matter is still alive and will be revisited immediately after the governor loses his immunity after the completion of his term.
Berating the governor for elevating falsehood to the state policy of his administration, Olatunbosun said: “It is regrettable that Fayose has made lies and falsehood a major plank of the state policy of his government.
“There is no iota of truth in Fayose’s claim of acquittal as no court has delivered judgment on the matter, which is still pending before the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti.
“The case was last heard by Mr. Justice Adamu Hobon of the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, where EFCC gave a blow-by-blow incontrovertible evidence of how Fayose used Biological Concepts Limited owned by his friend, Gbenga James, to defraud the Ekiti State of N1.3b to build houses and purchase car for his mother.
“After that sitting, what Fayose did was to approach the Supreme Court for an interlocutory injunction to frustrate the trial.
This is not the same thing as being discharged and acquitted over a matter that judgment is yet to be given,” he explained.
While urging Fayose to stop misleading the public over the status of the matter, Olatunbosun explained that the matter had reached the stage of exchange of addresses to be followed by judgment shortly before Fayose emerged as the governor-elect in June 2014.
Accusing Fayose of allegedly employing crooked ways to achieve his aim and later start running from pillar to post to cover up his tracks, Olatunbosun said no amount of lies, intrigues, and blackmail would save him from facing justice for his alleged crimes against the state.
Asking the governor to provide the court’s enrolment order discharging him on poultry project case to convince the public, he said it is regrettable that a governor who is supposed to be a role model for the youths lied “shamelessly to score cheap political points”.
He added that a judgment discharging Fayose in such celebrated N1.3 billion poultry scam case must have been delivered secretly; otherwise, it would have been reported in the media.
But the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Mr. Idowu Adelusi said he could not continue to react to all the allegations and propaganda of the APC.
According to him, ” I am too busy and more responsible to react to every propaganda of the Ekiti APC.
You don’t fight a pig, less it draws you into the dirty water”.