…Gives Him Ultimatum Over state finance
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has given Governor Ayodele Fayose seven days to render accounts of all monies he has received since he assumed office, including those realised from various taxes imposed on the people of the state.
The party said civil servants and the people of the state deserved to know how their money was being spent.
The APC said if the governor failed to heed to its deadline, it would mobilise the people against the government and also requested for his investigation and prosecution for allegedly lying to the people on official policy of his government.
The party accused the governor of fabricating figures on the state’s debts to deceive the people and paint former Governor Kayode Fayemi in bad light.
The APC stated this while reacting to the claims by Fayose’s Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, that Fayemi plunged the state into debts without any commensurate development projects to show for it.
The party, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said in a statement that it was only the blind that would not see various development projects executed by the former governor.
The statement read, “Fayemi did not borrow to pay salary. He received awards from many international bodies, including the United Nations’ agency and top Nigerians, for the feats he recorded in development projects, the last being the award for the state that led in budget transparency among other states in Nigeria which he said Fayose tried to usurp.
“Fayose lied that Fayemi at a point in time collected N9b as monthly federal allocation. The records are there that Ekiti monthly share of federal allocation remained N2.8b throughout and the biggest being N3.2b when excess crude oil fund was shared among the states.
“The former governor owed one month salary, and that was September 2014, and this was as a result of Fayose as Governor-elect writing the banks not to honour Fayemi’s credit facility to pay workers salary and pay the banks back after receiving the allocation for the month in question.”
While challenging the governor to produce the official debt figure of Ekiti State that was different from N18b that the Debts Management Office declared was the state’s debt, the party said Fayose was lying by quoting N232b.
“Fayose is a pathological liar by his claim that Ekiti State’s debt is N232.9b to be paid back in 21 years. The Federal Ministry of Finance published the state allocations in the newspapers few days ago with Ekiti receiving N1.9b but Fayose declared that he received N1.3b,” the APC added.