The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has taken a swipe at Governor Ayodele Fayose’s claim, saying he is an agent of change for the state.
The party accused the governor for claiming credit for former Governor Kayode Fayemi’s achievements, saying partitioning of roads built by Fayemi and erecting electricity poles he bought in local governments should not be projects that Fayose would be celebrating as achievements.
The party said instead of acting as an agent of change for development, the governor has in two years reversed the fortunes attained by his predecessor in four years.
Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, while reviewing the governor’s activities in the last two years in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, said it is regrettable that Fayose came on board through alleged election fraud and “has been using that fraud to sustain himself in power.
“Recent revelation and confession of Obanikoro that Fayose shared in the loot of the national treasury with which his election was funded is a cause of concern to Ekiti people”.
Condemning the governor for allegedly relying on lies and deceits to run his government, Olatunbosun said:
“Governor Fayose since assumption of office has reeled out different figures, including N86b, N78b, N35b, N68b and N72b at different times, as Ekiti debts owed by former Governor Kayode Fayemi, to deceive the people on actual debts of the state, thereby using that as excuse to owe workers’ salaries and failure to implement capital projects.
“Fayose has abandoned revenue-spinning Ikogosi Resort to rot away while he has also abandoned the development of tourism corridors in Efon, Okemesi, Ipole-Iloro and Ikogosi begun by Fayemi in favour of local ‘ogogoro’ joints across the state.
“He dissolved and revoked the creation of LCDAs in the state that would have helped in revenue mobilisation as well as creating job opportunities while he demoted directors of administration, treasurers, auditors, store-keepers, pay masters, environmental officers and other cadres of officers posted to the local council development areas created by Fayemi.
“He disengaged 350 “DAGRIN” personnel employed to manage the EKSTMA, summarily dismissed over 300 workers in the House of Assembly in January 2015 and cancelled the newly established School of Commercial Agriculture, Isan-Ekiti, while also abandoning the recruitment of students to the institution.”
He also accused Fayose of bad blood in the abandonment of a brand new school for the Federal Government Girls College built and equipped by the Federal Government and located in Isan-Ekiti.
Listing other instances of policies by the governor that had impacted negatively on the state, Olatunbosun said: “The governor is deliberately owing Ekiti workers for over six months and two years leave bonus while pensioners are owed 8 months not because the state does not have the money, but because he has a different agenda for personal benefit as can be explained in the N9.6b bailout he took at the time he owed just one month salary but diverted the money to other purpose that is shielded from the public.
“Pupils in public and private schools are now paying development levies, including government stoppage of payment of external exams fees, while also imposing obnoxious taxes on artisans, timber contractors, meat sellers, truck pushers and quarry workers, all of which have adverse effects on the poor masses.
“Miracle centres have returned to the schools to paint the picture of excellence for voodoo results that cannot help our youths in higher institutions of learning while also retiring seasoned permanent secretaries on petty excuses, including the forceful retirement of a permanent secretary who invited his friend (a former governor of the state) to his father’s funeral rites.
“Fayose demolished Ado-Ekiti major market without adequate notice to stalls owners while he also recently demolished houses along Fajuyi and Okesa for his overhead bridge project.”
Olatunbosun also berated the governor for destroying economic trees at his proposed airport’s project site, which led to the death of some farmers due to the level of damage done to their farmland.