Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has accused the state’s former governor Kayode Fayemi of disrupting the steps taken to pay workers their salaries, The Cable reports.
In what he has described as “wickedness,” Fayose said Fayemi is “working against every effort to alleviate the sufferings of the people.” He said:
When I said that I won’t leave office as a debtor of salary, going by the efforts I have made, I was sure that the over N12 billion owed the state by the federal government on construction and rehabilitation of federal roads will be paid to Ekiti like other states this month.
However, I am shocked that in their usual characteristics of working against every effort to alleviate the sufferings of the people, Dr Fayemi, through his former commissioner for Finance, Dapo Kolawole, instituted a case against Ekiti state at Abeokuta, seeking an order to stop the payment of N11 billion due to Ekiti as refund for construction and rehabilitation of federal roads.
One wonders why a case involving Ekiti was instituted in Abeokuta when we have a Federal High Court here. It is clear that this is an attempt at shopping for court order to prevent Ekiti people from getting the refund due to the state.
Sadly, the N11 billion refund that should have been paid to Ekiti state this month is said to have been stopped by the federal government, relying on the court action.
My question is; must Ekiti people, especially the workers be made to suffer just because of desperation of the coming governorship election? I consider this as wickedness taken too far against one’s own people.
My salary as a governor is under one million naira, now imagine those workers that will suffer from this wickedness all in the name of opposition politics. They believe that when they strangulate this state in terms of finances, they will be able to have an inroad into the state.
It is equally unfortunate that despite being in charge of the ministry of solid minerals, his office has not benefitted Ekiti regarding the available minerals resources in the state. No single road project has been done in this state since the beginning of the APC federal government,” Fayose said.
It is my belief that the well-being of the people should be the utmost concern of all of us irrespective of our political affiliation. Ekiti people must not be made to suffer just because anyone has political issues with me.
Even though I remain undaunted, I just have to place it on record that once again, the collective interest of Ekiti and its people is being sacrificed on the altar selfish political interest.
However, I wish to assure our workers that I will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the evil plans of these political desperadoes in the APC do not materialise. I will use all legal means to stop this wicked plot to deny our state its legitimate entitlements.