Former Governor of Sokoto State and Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to stop intimidating Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose with its threat to investigate him on alleged corruption and misconduct in public office.
Bafawara was reacting to the directive issued by the EFCC on Sunday to the Nigerian Customs to put Governor Fayose on its watchlist at all borders, speculating that the governor may bolt out of the country in order to evade trial.
He urged the anti-graft agency to follow due process and adhere to the dictates of the rule of law, saying: “It is unfortunate in the way and manner the EFCC has been doing its job. You cannot be intimidating a sitting governor like that. Fayose cannot be a sitting governor and they are treating him like this. They wrote to him and he replied them that he would present himself to them on October 16, they should give him that benefit of doubt and not to start running after him or putting him on watchlist. By doing all these, they are showing themselves as the investigator, prosecutor, and the judge at the same time. They should stop intimidating the governor and give him a break. Let him concentrate on governance till he hands over. The EFCC are merely doing eye service for the government with all these.”
Bafarawa who is an old horse in politics urged Nigerians and particularly the delegates of the PDP to trust him and hand him the presidential ticket of the party on October 6, saying he is a highly experienced democrat who can make a huge difference in the nation.
The former national leader of the ANPP bemoaned the challenges in Nigeria, declaring that a huge damage has been done to the soul of the nation. He promised that he would bring to bear his over 40 years experience as a politician and public office holder in several capacities, and fix Nigeria.
He spoke while meeting with PDP delegates in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, at the new governor’s office on Monday evening.
” I am a Democrat, never you give a medical doctor for eye to operate the heart. Our mistake is that we are giving power to non-democrats, we have to give it this time to experienced Democrat who understands democracy. The damage has been done but we will do a damage control when we get there. I have travelled by roads to see the state of things, so I would know the things we need to do when I become President. I have the experience and understanding of how I made Sokoto and will replicate this in Nigeria.
As a political democrat, I know what it takes to be the council chairman. I have been there from the grassroots and seen it all. It is not easy to face Buhari unless those who know Buhari and Buhari knows me and I know him and I know how to defeat Buhari. Trust me by supporting me so that our party will win. We will ensure there is restructuring, sound education and other areas.
Urging Ekiti State Deputy governor, Kolapo Olusola not to lose hope in his ambition to be governor, Bafarawa said: “What happened to you had happened to me in Sokoto State, so I want to advise you that you will get your mandate back, don’t lose hope. I have seen it all, nobody can imagine that we would lose election in Ekiti State. The performance of the governor; God will pay him back by making you come back as governor. In politics, you should expect anything. When I was governor in Sokoto, no one has been able to beat my records.
I was a victim of the EFCC. I was detained and harassed but I scaled through. All these are passing phases. Whatever it is, just accept it from God. The achievement of your administration will not go in vain”, he told Fayose.