Senatorial seat aspirant for the Ekiti North Senatorial district on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and former Commissioner for Information, Sports, Culture and Social Development, Sir Kayode Otitoju, has said that there is a clear difference in the cases of former Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun and Governor Ayodele Fayose on the scale of the alleged crimes committed.
He was reacting to comments from some quarters that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had refused to probe Adeosun’s forged certificate but running after Fayose who is still a serving governor. ” You can’t compare Adeosun with Fayose’s cases, that is like comparing Apple with Orange. Adeosun was never a Nigerian. She had all her growing up in the UK but her parents are from Abeokuta. Until she became a Commissioner in Ogun, I don’t think she had lived up to a month at a stretch in Nigeria.
” She was well over 30 when she eventually came for an appointment as commissioner and settled in Nigeria. And at that time, she needed an Exemption Certificate from NYSC which would enable her to pass the screening for the job and it was provided for her. She had tendered the Exemption certificate for the Commissioner job and was screened, also for this Finance minister job, she tendered the same certificate and was screened. I don’t think the certificate was forged but the process in getting it may be questionable.
For Fayose, he is a number one critic of Buhari. He also has other EFCC cases hanging on his neck. And for the records, I was a surety for Fayose ‘s bail when he was in Ikoyi prison and for two good years, my property was on hold. The poultry project case was never concluded, it was only suspended and was played down by the government of former President, Goodluck Jonathan.
Fayose is used to this kind of treatment from the EFCC. For instance, he chose to stay in Ikoyi prison instead of the EFCC prison during his first outing with the anti-graft, ” Otitoju said.