James Sowole in Akure
The outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, yesterday said he was ready to honour the call should there be any crime invitation from the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC).
Fayose stated this yesterday at Akure Airport in Ondo State enroute Abuja.
The daring outgoing governor said he was going to Abuja to avoid all insinuations that he would run away from the country through any available route whenever he leaves office as the governor of Ekiti State.
Fayose, who last Thursday reportedly handed over to the state Head of Service, Gbenga Faseluka, said he was going to Abuja to be closer to the EFCC or any federal government agency that may summon him.
“My tenure expires on October 16, so this is the journey to Abuja. It is safer to be in Abuja than to be in Lagos and be creating impression that you want to escape. “There is no seaport in Abuja, EFCC doesn’t need any drama, I am a man of courage, I have told them I’m coming and I’m on my way to them.
“So, after a meritorious service, anybody who wants to call me to question, I’m available to them, just one call away. And my going now is my demonstration to them that I’m a man of my words.
“I’m not scared of anything. I always say to people that the life of a man does not consist in the abundance of what he has; life is for the courageous not for the weak. I have served well, I have defended the common man in this country and I will continue to defend them.
“I will never be cowed by anybody, it is important to speak truth to power, and I will not allow myself or any Nigerian to be oppressed,” Fayose said.
The governor said he remained a leader of Ekiti people even after leaving the office.
According to him, “My message to the people of Ekiti State is that I remain their leader in or out of office. I am always their leader. Ekiti State comes first above every other thing and anybody, and we will continue to defend our people.”