The former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose on Thursday, July 16, mocked a Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana, on what to do over reports he got N28 million from the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
Fayose blasted Falana telling him to quit making “empty threats” and proceed to court to prove his innocence.
He further said that the likes of Falana should “stop carrying on as if they are saints and untouchables.”
A recent media report had claimed that the presidential probe panel investigating Magu for alleged financial malfeasance reportedly revealed that he gave Falana N28 million.
However, Falana, via a letter signed by his lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, denied the claim.
He also demanded a retraction of the claim by a newspaper that published the story suggesting that Magu paid the sum of N28m from the money allegedly siphoned from the EFCC to him.
But in a tweet on his Twitter handle, @GovAyoFayose, Fayose asked the lawyer to drop the threats and head straight to court to clear his name.
Fayose wrote, “My counsel to Falana is that he should stop making empty threats and go to court.
“If there is nothing to hide, why is Femi Falana threatening instead of simply going to court? Isn’t this alleged link to Magu another opportunity for him to go to court and clear his name?
“Methinks his likes should stop carrying on as if they are saints and untouchables.”
Meanwhile, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Wednesday, July 15, in Geneva stressed the need for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to elect a credible candidate, based on merit, for the position of Director-General.
Okonjo-Iweala, who is among the eight candidates vying for the position, stated this while answering questions from newsmen at a press conference held shortly after her presentation to the WTO General Council.
“Choosing a Director-General for WTO should be on merit. The best person should be chosen to lead an institution that’s having challenges.
“If it happens to be a woman, great. If it happens to be an African, its also great. It should be based on merit,” she said while extolling the qualities which make her well suited for the job.
“The WTO needs leadership and I’m someone with a strong managerial capability; with the ability to forge consensus and reforms.
“These bundles of qualities in addition to my leadership quality is what I’m bringing to the WTO,” she added.