The Ekiti state chapter of the All Progressives Congress has evaluated Governor Ayodele Fayose’s 10 months in office. The party alleged that the governor’s achievement so far is conducting of road shows, buying pepper and tomatoes in open markets.
Reacting shortly after Governor Fayose alleged that his predecessor Kayode Fayemi betrayed the APC, Taiwo Olatunbosun, publicity secretary of the party said Fayose had so far tended towards taking sufferings to the doorsteps of Ekiti people.
Olatunbosun, who stated that Fayemi’s legacies presented the best opportunities for Ekiti state to grow said that Governor Fayose was not only destroying himself, but also mortgaging the future of Ekiti people through stomach infrastructure that provides a kilogramme of rice and three-month-old chicken at every Christmas, Vanguard reports.
According to Olatunbosun, Fayose’s accusation of N86 billion debts against his predecessor Fayemi is untrue.
Noting that Fayose and his media aide, Lere Olayinka, were “rabble-rousers and a perfect match in public image deficit”, Olatunbosun said the governor’s lies in dishing out unreliable figures on the state debts had exposed him as a destroyer of worthy legacies and a man not prepared for governance to develop the state.
He said: “Fayose claimed that Ekiti owed N86 billion, when in reality the debt restructuring as released by the Debt Management Office (DMO) and published in Thisday of Friday, August 21, 2015, confirmed Ekiti debt as N18. 8 billion after conversion to long-term bond.
“This has shown that Fayose is a pathological and serial liar. Ekiti people should now ask Fayose where he got the N86b figure he has been bandying around that does not allow him implement development projects, including payments of gratuities and pensions for several months while also refusing to pay last year September salaries and five months salaries to traditional rulers after collecting allocations for the payments.
“Government is a continuum. Fayemi met billions of naira debts on assumption of office, but this did not deter him from executing many projects, including life-lifting and empowerment projects as well as enduring physical infrastructure, such as renovation of schools and hospitals, new Government House, the pavilion, the civic centre incorporating e-library, women development centre, conference centre and museum, construction of modern markets across the state amongst others. This also did not stop him from increasing workers’ salaries three times, a feat which Fayose never matched not even once.
“Fayose has cancelled social security scheme for the elderly people, youths in commercial agricultural scheme that employed thousands of youths, apprenticeship scheme, youth volunteer programme, Ekiti Traffic Management Agency that employed hundreds of youths and community development and empowerment schemes and in their place, he instituted stomach infrastructure that has turned the youths to hell-raisers on the streets after bouts of drinks at ‘ogogoro’ joints where armed robbers and kidnappers take off for their various operations across the state, resulting in scaring investors and creating general atmosphere of insecurity in the state. Ekiti has become the kidnapping capital under Fayose’s administration.
“Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort that Fayose left in ruins but which was turned to a world class tourist centre by Fayemi is again facing another neglect by Fayose, even Fayemi also resuscitated Ire Burnt Bricks Company that was moribund for 22 years.”
The APC remarks on Governor Fayose comes just days after the party had described the governor’s outburst on President Muhammadu Buhari as unsurprising