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Ekiti People Troop to Streets to Protest against Fayose


The people of Ekiti trooped to major streets of Ado Ekiti, the state capital on Friday, asking the embattled Governor Ayodele Fayose to resign as governor of the state.

The protesters under the umbrella of “Be the Change Organisation,” South West Chapter, criticised the governor for “his failure to live up to expectation.” They accused him of financial recklessness.

The protesters, who converged on the popular Fajuyi Park, went through the Governor’s office gate and proceeded to Okeyinmi roundabout where their leaders addressed the public.

They carried placards with various inscriptions including, “What happened to the airport fund,” “Fayose must go,” “Fayose is a disgrace,” “Stop wasting Ekiti money on olosho nights,” “We say no to Fayose’s financial recklessness,” and “We don’t want a criminal as governor.”

They also chanted anti-Fayose songs to deride the governor, whom they accused of cornering the resources of the state.

The CNPP in its address read by the Publicity Secretary, Ayo Adelabu, called on the governor to come out and defend himself om the N4.7bn arms deal saga.

“We also implore him to come and explain to Ekiti people how he has spent six month allocation without the payment of Emiti workers which has grounded the state working force for the past one month.”

The CNPP called on the management of Zenith Bank to explain their role in the funding of Fayose’s 2014 election in the state.

The CNPP also warned the governor to stop abusing President Muhammadu Buhari, who according to them, has been enjoying the full support of the majority of Ekiti people at large.

“CNPP strongly condemn Ekiti state legislators who have turned themselves to Polotical slaves in the hand of Fayose at the detriment of Ekiti people,” Adelabu said.

Also asking the governor to explain the N2.3bn loan he allegedly took from the bank, the CNPP advised the governor to immediately stop the flyover bridge project and caution all his political thugs against the attack on innocent people in the state.

The Executive Director of BCO, Mrs. Omotunde Fajuyi, said Ekiti people were embarrassed by the latest revelation of Fayose’s link with N4.7bn arms cash adding that all Nigerians must support any move to recover the peoples commonwealth from looters.

Saying that Ekiti people were people of honour and integrity, she expressed dismay that Fayose’s conduct in power had brought shame and odium on all Ekitis both at home and abroad.

“We support President Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade, we have come out to protest looting of our money, corruption in government and scandals digging this government in Ekiti.

“Workers are dying at home, we want Fayose to explain what he has done with allocations he had so far collected because he had received more than N50bn as allocation since he came to power.

“Fayose claims to be a Christian, he must come out clean and give account to the people of Ekiti State and he must submit himself and all his aides and associates to anti-corruption agencies for investigation,” Fajuyi said.

The spokesperson for the artisans, Idowu Ayegbe, said, “We regret all the burden the governor has imposed on us in Ekiti in form of levies and taxes on our pupils. We are not happy with what the governor is doing including his attacks on the President.”

Public workers in Ekiti State are owed five months salaries, even as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), earlier in the week, traced N4.7bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser to Fayose’s account and two sons of a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

Denying the allegation, Fayose had said he had no financial transaction whatsoever with the ONSA under Col Sambo Dasuki (retd) and Obanikoro either by cash, cheque or electronic transfer.


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