Ekiti State House of Assembly, on Thursday, summoned former governor, Ayodele Fayose to appear before its committee on public account over allegation of embezzlement of state funds.
The lawmakers got what they asked for on Friday, but were not prepared to welcome the former governor who stormed the state house of assembly faster than expected.
Speaking to newsmen at the assembly complex, Fayose said that he got news of his summon by the lawmakers “yesterday (Thursday) afternoon and I called the speaker last night to confirm whether it was true and he confirmed.”
He went on, “You know my style. When theEconomic and Financial Commission (EFCC)wanted me, I told them I’m here. So I have come to the state house of assembly to tell them I’m here and if you have questions, I’m here because clear conscience fears no accusation.
“If they have anything to ask, I am available. I let them know that I’m available and ready to answer their questions. So I drove down from Lagos to tell them that there is no hiding place for some of us, so, I am here and ready to give an account of my stewardship Fayose will not compromise standards.
“I will not follow the multitude to sin. I want to believe that selective justice will not help our country. I have condemned severally anyone who says that in Nigeria when you come to the All Progressive Congress (APC) then you become a saint.
“I’m telling you, I will never become a member of APC, I will never decamp. If I wanted a soft landing against my party, against my candidate, that would have happened in the past, I stood my ground during the election. So, that is impossible.”
On why the assembly turnedFayoseback, the assembly speaker, Funminiyi Afuye, explained in a statement that the erstwhile governor was resisted because he ambushed the state legislature.
In a statement by his special adviser, Akogun Tai Oguntayo, the speaker explained that after the resolution of the House of Assembly at the plenary on Thursday inviting the former governor to appear before the house, Fayose called him to confirm if the report was true.
“The speaker confirmed to Mr Fayose’s it was true and that was the end of the discussion,” the statement read.
It added that after Fayose’s phone call, the speaker told two lawmakers of his conversation with the former governor.
“Just as the speaker was settling down in his office this afternoon, Mr Fayose stormed his office with a retinue of pressmen led by his former media aide, Mr Lere Olayinka, who was equally wanted on another alleged fund stealing. The speaker who was accompanied in his office by two other lawmakers immediately stopped the journalists from entering his office.