Hearing in a case of corruption against the Ekiti state Governor-elect under Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ayodele Fayose, comes up for hearing at the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti on July 15.
The Head of Media and Publicity for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, said that Fayose or his representative is expected to be present in the court.
He explained that the governor-elect, who will be sworn-in in October, has not started to enjoy immunity because the clause in the Constitution only applied to the President, the Vice President, sitting governors and their deputies, and not governors- elect.
He said that the media reports that EFCC had dropped corruption case against Fayose is untrue, explaining that his being elected as governor cannot affect his trial at the Federal High Court.
“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 has made substantial progress as the commission had called two witnesses to testify in the case.
Uwujaren said that the issue of whether the case against the governor-elect would be withdrawn or not when he takes over as governor is a matter for the court to decide.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.”