Ayodele Fayose, the governor of Ekiti State, has visited Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the detention facility of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in Abuja.
Governor Fayose arrived at the EFCC at about 2.15pm on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 and was received by a team of operatives led by Mr. Madaki. He departed the EFCC at about 4.30 pm, Lere Olayinka, a spokesperson for the governor disclosed to The Trent.
Fayose’s visit to Fani-Kayode is one of many solidarity visits by dignitaries to Chief Fani-Kayode who is held in contravention of the Nigerian constitution that stipulates that detainees should be charged to court or released from detention within 48 hours. The first was by prominent Roman Catholic Bishop, Matthew Kukah on Monday, October 31, 2016.
Other high-profile visitors who have paid visits to him are Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy senate president, a former aviation minister, Jerry Useni, the leadership of the PDP, and leaders of the Middle Belt Forum.
Chief Fani-Kayode is being held in connection with alleged payments received as campaign funds during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. He served as the director of media and publicity for the PDP campaign organisation in 2015.
Fani-Kayode, a vibrant critic of the Muhammadu Buhari government, was re-arrested two weeks ago when he appeared in court over a matter filed by the EFCC. A day after he was arrested, he slumped in custody leading to fears for his safety.
No new charges have been filed against him and his detention has been labelled a political witch-hunt by the opposition party and political activists.
Meanwhile, the EFCC continues to sponsor stories in APC leaning news platforms supplying innuendo intended to cast the detainees as corrupt without providing actual evidence of the allegations.
One of such APC mouthpieces, Premium Times reported this week that Fani-Kayode would be arraigned for allegedly, receiving N26 million from embattled former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki on November 10, if granted bail at the court hearing, the EFCC would promptly re-arrest him for allegedly receiving another N22 million. This report confirms that agents of the state are now promoting a dangerous partisan agenda.