The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has denied claims that he is under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N4bn fraud. In a statement released by the Head of the Fayemi Media Office, Abuja, Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, it was revealed that during his visit to the EFCC, “no such allegation was raised during his conversation” with officials of the anti-graft agency. The statement further noted that all Fayemi did during the conversation was respond to a frivolous petition from a group that was trying to soil his good name and image.
Prior to the change of government in Ekiti State, Dr. Fayemi received an invitation from the Ilorin office of the EFCC regarding a money laundering petition against him. However, due to his commitment to playing important roles at events lined up for the change of government, he was unable to appear before the EFCC at the time.
The statement from the Fayemi Media Office explained that it was during the height of preparations for the change of government and his non-appearance would have significantly impacted the events.
Dr. Kayode Fayemi, a key member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has served as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and was recently appointed as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former governor has been commended for his efforts in the development of Ekiti State during his tenure. The statement from the Fayemi Media Office has clarified that Dr Fayemi has no pending case with the EFCC and has never been involved in any fraudulent activity.