By Dipo Olowookere
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State was the cynosure of all eyes on Thursday when he stormed Zenith Bank branch in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, to make cash withdrawal from his account.
His action followed an order given to Zenith Bank on Tuesday by a Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti to remove the embargo placed on the Governor’s account in June 2016, which had hitherto prevented him from withdrawing from the account.
Armed with the court order, Mr Fayose approached the bank and made a cash withdrawal of N5 million from the account.
Addressing newsmen after the transaction at the bank’s premises, Mr Fayose said, “I came to the bank after serving them the court order that my money should be given to me immediately without delay and I have made up my mind that I won’t leave this bank until I collect my money.
“They have done the needful and I have written a cheque to get some of the money, which they have given to me, confirming that they have obeyed the court order.”
The Governor further said, “I want to thank Nigerians, my supporters and people who believed in my cause that Nigerians should not be oppressed.
“The rascality of EFCC must stop. This over-zealousness must stop.
“I want to thank Zenith Bank for obeying the court orders and I want to thank the EFCC for obeying the court order.
“They placed order on two accounts, one has N82 million, the other has N300 million. I have collected N5 million now. I’m not closing the accounts but if they attack my accounts again, I will make trouble with them, big trouble.
“If EFCC is appealing the court judgment, that is their funeral. As a sitting Governor, my immunity is absolute just like that of the President.
“They should tell EFCC to shut up. There is no authority other than the authority of the constitution of this country which I enjoy.
“Rubbishing the office of the Governor is as the same as rubbishing that of the President because after the President, Governors are the next.
“It is their time now; another people’s time will come tomorrow. There is no place for dictatorship in Nigeria.”
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