The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that it has been vindicated over the alarm it raised that the state labour leaders had sold the state workers to Governor Ayodele Fayose in an alleged multi-million conspiracy deal to help the governor stall his impeachment by the state House of Assembly.
The APC state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said in a statement that the alarm the party raised in the media had been manifesting in the stunts by the governor’s latest directive that workers should fill verification forms that would last for one month before he could pay workers’ salary.
He alleged that the provocative action was in the full knowledge and cooperation of labour leaders who had been deceiving the state workers in a scheme clearly against their interests while the labour leaders smiled to their banks.
“The labour leaders are in the picture of the governor’s new initiative to fill verification forms. The exercise is billed to end on May 19 after which there will be a report to be submitted at the end of May. This will make workers angry and the Labour leaders will pretend that they are unhappy. They will then mobilise workers for indefinite strike to stall the governor’s impeachment,” Olatubosun explained.
He advised workers to be masters of their own fate as no amount of strike can stop the impeachment if the lawmakers want to carry out their constitutional duties.
“The lawmakers are not civil servants. The constitution does not say lawmakers cannot sit when workers are on strike. It is a pity that workers are facing their current challenges because they have a lawless, deceitful and uncaring governor,” he said.
Olatubosun added: “Fayose is the most greedy, deceitful and heartless human being to live in Ekiti space in history. If not because of our outcry in the media, the governor would have creamed off N70, 000 out of N100,000 that MDGs paid to each of its Conditional Cash Transfer indigent beneficiaries of the scheme. That is N155.7 million that would have accrued to a wealthy governor from the pockets of the poor people of Ekiti State.
“The governor paid these hapless and poor beneficiaries just N30,000 instead of N100,000 approved by MDGs already lodged in bank opened by Ekiti State for direct payment to the beneficiaries. Fayose did not know that former Governor Kayode Fayemi, who secured the scheme for Ekiti people, had already told the beneficiaries that they would be entitled to N100,000 as exit fund of the scheme and so he decided to short-change them.
“When we raised the alarm and MDGs Officials read our press release, they queried the governor and threatened to stop the scheme and blacklist Ekiti State. This forced the governor to quickly ordered payment of another N30,000 and immediately the beneficiaries started to receive payment alerts.
“Again, a facebook alert over payment of this N30,000 was read by MDGs, which made them to be angry the more and sent strong words to Fayose to pay the balance of N40,000 immediately.
”This morning, the governor quickly instructed that the remaining N40,000 to the beneficiaries who may start receiving their alerts any moment from now be paid.”
Olatubosun said if Fayose was not planning to pocket the balance of N70,000 per head totalling N155.7 million, why didn’t he pay at once when the money had already been released by the MDGs office in Abuja more than five months ago?
He said this was a big lesson for Ekiti workers to know that the man touting himself as the friend of the poor is the nemesis of the downtrodden.
He urged Ekiti workers to demand for their salary as the governor had no reason to owe workers after cutting thousands of jobs, reduction in allowances and running grants, refusal to fund security services, collection of N22b on federal projects and collection of N2 billion Ecological Fund he could not account for but could afford to raise his security vote to N200million monthly.