Lere Olayinka, spokesperson of Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) owes his principal an apology.
Olayinka said this in reaction to the commission’s denial of a tweet posted on its verified Twitter handle on Sunday.
“The parri is over, the cloak of immunity torn apart, and the staff broken. #Ekiti Integrated Poultry Project Biological Concepts Limited N1.3bn fraud case file dusted off the shelves. See you soon,” read the tweet posted hours after Kayode Fayemi was declared winner of Saturday’s governorship election.
It has since been taken down.
However, Wilson Uwujaren, spokesman of the anti-graft agency, later said the “purported tweet does not represent the views of the EFCC”.
“In the opinion of most commentators, the tweet betrayed the partisanship of the EFCC in the political contest in Ekiti state,” Uwujaren said.
“Against the background, the commission is constrained to state that the purported tweet does not represent the views of the EFCC. As a law enforcement organisation the commission is apolitical and was not involved in the recent Ekiti election.
“While it is true that there is a subsisting criminal charge against governor Fayose, the fate of the charge will be determined by the federal high court, Ado Ekiti, at the expiration of his tenure, not the EFCC.”
The commission, however, did not state whose view the tweet was, neither did it deny uploading it.
But Olayinka has demanded an “unreserved apology”.
Just read that @officialEFCC has disowned its inglorious tweet about @GovAyoFayose and I wish to ask if EFCC has also disowned the twitter handle. Methinks EFCC must go beyond mere disowning the tweet and explain to Nigerians what informed it and tender unreserved apology.
— Lere Olayinka – Aresa 1 (@OlayinkaLere) July 17, 2018