- Opposition party, APC has revealed why Governor Fayose is unfit to run for presidency in 2019
- The party accused the governor of owing salaries despite Paris Club refund given to governors
- The party also claimed that the governor is fraudulent and spends public money to fund election
Ekiti state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has attacked Governor Ayodele Fayose after the latter declared his ambition to take over presidency seat in 2019.
The party insisted that Fayose's government is fraudulent and that he would dupe the people of his state by spending public money on his election.
The party also accused him of lying about how much he got from the first tranche of Paris Club refund which are given out to governors to offset salaries they owe workers.
Recall that NAIJ.com reported that Governor Fayose boasted that he will take over power from President Buhari in 2019.
Reacting to Fayose's declaration, APC in a statement by its publicity secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said it was now clear why Fayose put the state into N42b debts to pay salary, allowances, pensions and gratuity, including severance package of former political office holders.
He said Fayose allegedly diverted the money to projects that had no bearing to the welfare of Ekiti people.
He said: “Having known Fayose as a political merchant who always contests elections without spending his personal money, we now know the reason why he has borrowed N42b to finance projects which costs have spiralled without much progress in those projects.
“Fayose borrowed two tranches of bailout comprising N9.6b and N8.8b before taking a monthly N1.3b Budget Support Facility for nine months to pay salary but he diverted all to projects awarded to his friends’ companies in which he has interest.
“Now another N9.5b Paris Club refund is coming to the state but he has started brainwashing workers and traditional rulers that the cash is N4b that will not be enough to pay salary.
“Like we hinted last week, APC will play the role of a responsible opposition by taking the governor to court to explain Ekiti finances, including calling the people to the streets to educate them on the fraudulent practices in government that are threats to the survival of Ekiti people.
“Fayose is known for contesting elections without spending his money. He did it in 2002 when party leaders, notably Dr Bode Olowoporoku, Chief Bode George, Gbenga James,prince Akin Olayisade and others raised his nomination fee.
“In his last election, revelations have emerged on how he benefitted from arms purchase cash from the Office of the National Security Adviser, more than half of which he allegedly kept in his personal accounts as revealed by EFCC’s investigation.
“This is besides tasking his supporters to make contributions to fund his last election, including selling campaign materials to them with the promises of immediate appointments after his inauguration.
“But after inauguration, he never allowed his supporters into his campaign office and his official office again and shut out his financiers he promised heaven and earth, and today, all these people are regretting their actions as they have nothing in appointments and contracts patronage.
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“For the first time in history, no one knows Ekiti IGR profile because the money is kept in secret account while over-bloated figure of N2.6b is declared by Fayose as workers’ monthly salary even though the official figure is N1.7b.
“Even though we know that Fayose’s presidential ambition is a pipe dream to further divert the attention of Ekiti people from his fraudulent administration after earlier announcing to recontest the governorship election to complete the six months he lost in his aborted first term, as a political merchant, he has started day-dreaming over a presidential ambition to gain attention and distract Ekiti people from the misapplication of public funds for private advantage.
“The new Paris Club refund of N9.5b that is coming, including N1.3b monthly Budget Support Facility, monthly statutory allocation of N1.9b and IGR figures he won’t disclose, are enough to pay six months salary, but he has started brainwashing Ekiti workers that the money is N4b and so he can’t pay more than one month, all in an attempt to fraudulently divert the money for his personal use and his so-called presidential ambition.”
Meanwhile, watch video of Nigerians picking the best man for the presidency job between Fayose and Buhari: