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Fayose: Mimiko Wants Buhari To Call EFCC To Order

Chairman of  Peoples Democratic Party ‘s (PDP) Governor’s Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has urged  President Mohammadu Buhari to call the  anti graft agency, the  Economic and Financial Crime Commission  ( EFCC) to order  and  immediately intervene to rescue the country from  what he described as the current gross abuse of the  constitution.

Reacting to the freezing of the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose’s account by the  EFCC, the Governor, in a statement made available to newsmen in Akure on Tuesday said the action of the anti graft agency has portrayed the nation as one  in crisis .

Registering the danger in the decision of the EFCC to freeze Fayose’s account, Mimiko said the EFCC can not interfere with the account of a sitting governor, adding that , that will not find comfort with the position of  Section 308 of the Nigerian Constitution.

According to him, if the intention is to suggest any criminal infraction or fraud against the governor, the agency should have sheath its  sword until he vacates office.

“What has happened is a blatant and violent  infraction on the provision of the Constitution and our democracy.

“Its an attempt to subvert the constitution and it is fascist. The intention is to achieve a penal sanction without going through the due  criminal procedure and criminal proceedings”
Governor Mimiko said the essence of Section 308 of the Constitution of the country is to   safe  Governors in the country  from distractions, submitting that “what they have done now is to distract the Governor of  Ekiti and this is not good for our democracy.”

Submitting that immunity is part of the constitution “which  must be respected whether anybody likes it or not”  the Governor’s Forum Chairman  further mentioned that the  EFCC action violates Section 96 of the 1999 constitution as amended  which confer on every individual right of fair hearing.

He warned that the country is beginning to manifest the signs of totalitarianism adding that the account of any individual could only be frozen after a court of competent jurisdiction as so ruled or an interim order by a court of competent jurisdiction is  granted to the anti graft agency .

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