The Media Office of the Governor-Elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has warned against illegal appointments at the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.
It says the ongoing staff upgrade at the university to create vacancies for employment is a subtle means to ensure that Governor Ayodele Fayose’s political agents occupy strategic positions they may not have competences to hold.
The Media Office also warned Fayose to accept defeat and be prepared to face the law over his alleged infractions against the law while he was governor instead of launching blackmail against Fayemi on alleged plan to probe him.
A statement by the Director of Media in the Office of the Governor-Elect, Wole Olujobi, cautioned the Vice Chancellor, Prof Samuel Oye Bandele, against pandering to the preferences of the governor in the running of the university.
“We are aware of the plot to use staff upgrade to create hundreds of vacancies for Fayose’s agents for employment in the face of the dwindling economic fortunes of the university that cannot pay staff salary regularly and where infrastructure has decayed while subvention and capital grants have not been paid for more than a year.
“We know that the strategy is to create more problems for the incoming administration, more so that the decision to employ more hands was taken after the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lost the last governorship election to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“After alerting the world to the alleged role that the vice chancellor played allegedly in support of PDP in the last governorship election, we are warning again that no illegal appointment of Fayose’s cronies will be allowed after the governor had failed to fund the university in the last three years.
“The manner of the ill-motivated appointments lacks merit, coming at the eclipse of Fayose’s administration after failing to recruit staff in the last three years during which time staff were not motivated and infrastructure left to rot away,” Olujobi explained.
He also urged Fayose and his media handlers to accept defeat in good faith after Ekiti people had realised that they had been dealing with a deceitful governor who can no longer fool them.
Faulting Fayose over accusation that Fayemi was on vendetta mission in his alleged probe threat against the governor, the statement accused Fayose of playing the ostrich by declaring that he was ready to open the books for Fayemi’s probe.
“We are not surprised that it is now that Fayose is saying that he is ready to open the state’s books for probe and we wonder why he had refused to let Ekiti people know the state’s IGR figures in about four years while nobody knew how he spent budget support facility, Paris Club refunds and bailout cash.
“Rather than continue to brag shamelessly and issue tissues of lies as press releases as he has been doing in the last four years, Fayose should bury his head in shame for misusing the opportunity of redeeming his battered image.
“Fayose is one of the luckiest men in history, who has a second chance to redeem himself but he blew it because of greed, arrogance and covetousness.
“We are also surprised that a beneficiary of 2014 poll fraud through criminal manipulation of Federal resources is the one now describing the free and fair election that produced Fayemi as flawed after Ekiti people went to poll to take their destiny in their hands by voting for Fayemi who can be trusted with power and resources of the state unlike Fayose who secretly collected N117b loans but refused to pay workers their salaries and pensioners’ entitlements.
“We advise Fayose to brace up for life after government, especially to render accounts of his stewardship to Ekiti people in the last four years and must also be prepared to defend himself over a plethora of criminal cases hanging on his neck.”