From Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, has debunked the rumour being spread by the opposition that the salaries of members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly have been slashed by half by the governor, saying the rumour only exists in the figment of the imagination of the peddlers.
Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, said in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday that those behind the rumour were the same set of people who had vowed before now to cause disaffection that would make the administration to work at snail’s speed.
He said that salaries and allowances of the legislators were not the creation of the governor, but that of Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission which only the commission could tamper with.
“As long as there is no review of the salaries and other emolument of the legislators by the Federal Government, I cannot violate the laid down rule; so those who are going about with such rumour are ignorant of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or they deliberately want to be mischievous,” he said.
He noted that these rumour mongers also stupidly display their naivety by saying that the governor had decided not to pay those members whose elections are being challenged at the Election Petition Tribunal, adding that he would never allow such issue come between him and the lawmakers who are not only loyal to the state, but have demonstrated their commitment to join hands with him to move the state to higher heigths.
He enjoined the opposition in the state to stop peddling rumours that would further confirm their hatred for the development and peace of the state.
Also speaking, the Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, has reacted to the story on social media that an opposition group to be known as G9 has been formed by some members of the state Assembly purposely to be attacking the policies of the governor.
The Speaker said that the G9 was only a creation of the Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC), adding that what exists in the assembly is G26.
The Speaker praised the 26 members who he described as honourable and progressive, unlike the APC G19 who due to lack of integrity and parochial interest ended their tenure
The Speaker added, ” the members of the Ekiti assembly are united and one family.”