The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged Governor Ayodele Fayose to explain to Ekiti people how he spent the ecological fund paid into the kitty of the state last December by the Federal Government.
It noted that even though the governor had tried on many occasions to deny it, facts available suggested that he had actually collected the money, saying the governor should tell Ekiti people how he spent the cash.
A statement by the APC State Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, explained that available facts suggested that N10 billion ecological fund was released to five states among which was Ekiti State. His words: “We want to challenge Governor Fayose to tell Ekiti people how he spent the N2billion Ekiti ecological fund he collected on Tuesday, 30th December, 2014. On that day, N10 billion was released to five states, among which are Bauchi and Ekiti states, that collected N2 billion each.
“Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda, has already told the people of his state the projects to be executed with the money. Instead of Governor Fayose to do the same, immediately he collected the money, he jetted out to Dubai for days without any indication that he had gone there officially on behalf of Ekiti people. It was later Ekiti people learnt about the lavish lifestyle of the governor in the galleries of highbrow hotels and merry-making centres in the bustling economic hub of the Middle East.”
Olatubosun said denying ever collecting the ecological fund on state television was no longer tenable in the face of incontrovertible evidence that the governor actually collected the money, including the refunds of money Governor Kayode Fayemi spent on federal projects in the state.
“Governor Fayose denied ever collecting refunds of the money Governor Fayemi spent of federal projects in the state. Four days after Fayose made this denial on the state television, the Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said publicly at President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign rally in Ado-Ekiti that the Federal Government had refunded money spent on the federal projects executed by Ekiti State government, including Ado-Ifaki and Ado-Akure roads,” Olatubosun explained, adding that APC later learnt that Adeyeye was scolded for making that public disclosure.
“Why are they crucifying Adeyeye for saying the truth? Even though we don’t want to believe that our governor was part of ‘January rush’ acquisition of prime properties in Dubai, his unofficial journey to Dubai for a whole week after collecting the money raises our fears that Ekiti State might have run into trouble again after difficulty to resolve the alleged N1.3 billion poultry project fraud over which the EFCC had taken the governor to court,” Olatubosun noted.
The APC spokesman said it is an act of callousness for the governor to have that huge capital without any plan to tell the people how he wants to spend the money for the development of the state. He added that it is sheer act of wickedness and insensitive to continue to owe workers their salary after collecting September allocation and other refunds running into billions without consideration for the payment of workers’ salary arrears.
“The governor cannot be brazenly telling the workers that he won’t pay September salary because he was not the governor in September. Why did he not reject September allocation because he was not governor in September? He should tell Ekiti people where September allocation is. He must also surrender the ecological fund and other refunds he has collected from the Federal Government for development purposes and salaries of workers,” Olatubosun concluded.