The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has described media reports that it had dropped corruption case against the governor-elect of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, as untrue.
The Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said in a telephone conversation with our correspondent on Monday that the recent election of Fayose had not affected the ongoing trial of the former Ekiti State Governor for alleged corruption.
He stressed that the EFCC had not suspended the ongoing trial of the former governor at the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
Uwujaren said the case would come up for hearing at the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, on July 15, 2014.
He stated that the immunity clause only provided a cover from prosecution for the President, the Vice President, sitting governors and their deputies and not a governor-elect.
He said, “The EFCC has not dropped the case against the former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
“The trial is still going on; it is continuing at the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti. In fact further hearing comes up on July 15, 2014.
“As you know, immunity from prosecution applies only to the President, the Vice President, sitting governors and their deputies.”
Uwujaren added that the case against Fayose who is expected to take over as Governor of Ekiti State in October, has made substantial progress as the commission had called two witnesses to testify in the case.
Uwujaren also said that the issue of whether the case against the governor-elect would be withdrawn or not when he takes over as governor was a matter for the court to decide.
“It is the court that would decide whether the case would be discontinued or not; all arguments will be canvassed in court and it is the court that would decide,” he said.