…Go and Report Me To EFCC – Ekiti Gov. Fires Back
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayo Fayose of splashing N250 million on a private trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The party, which claimed that Fayose left Nigeria on Sunday, expressed shock that such a princely amount could be spent on a holiday at a time workers were being owed.
But the government challenged the APC to send any evidence it has to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), saying the trip was a private one and at no cost to the government.
Describing the alleged Christmas Dubai trip as “a reckless insensitivity to the plight of workers, the opposition described it as “the height of irresponsibility by the governor to travel abroad while state workers live in miserable conditions”.
APC’s Publicity Secretary Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a statement yesterday, said the Dubai trip was the height of insensitivity and wickedness for a governor calling himself people’s governor.
“It is worrisome that the governor prepared and collected travelling allowances for 10 aides, who he claimed were to travel with him, but only one eventually did.
“The Dubai trip confirmed our claim that Fayose is taking Ekiti money out to the Middle East country whenever he receives allocation from the Federal Government.
“Fayose just visited local governments where he lied to workers that the state is broke whereas he has appropriated N250 million for his needless trip and those of ghost aides after setting aside another N250 million for his monthly personal security vote.
“This is a governor, who accused his colleagues of extravagance through foreign trips.
“Fayose conned Ekiti workers by paying 10 per cent of their monthly basic salary, which translated to about N700 to most workers while he shamelessly boasted he had paid bonus,” he said.
Olatunbosun added that although he collected over N9 billion for bailout to clear salary arrears, pensions and allowances of ex-office holders, the money was allegedly diverted to other purposes.
“He owes Ekiti workers three months, pensioners four months and has not paid severance and furniture allowances of ex-office holders.”
The APC chieftain called on the EFCC and Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to invite the commissioner for Finance, accountant general and auditor general for interrogation.
But the Commissioner for Information Lanre Ogunsuyi described the allegation as ludicrous.
Ogunsuyi said: “In the first place, the governor is on holiday and he is not travelling anywhere as the governor but as Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose as any other worker, who had worked in the last one year.
“He is on a private trip and the state is not responsible for it. Every worker in the state has been paid for October, unless the APC has a different calendar. The outstanding months are November and December.
“The bailout funds have been applied as instructed by the CBN and a statement of return has been filed.”