The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has said recently interest in the Presidency by governor Ayodele Fayose was the reason behind non-payment of workers salaries.
Fayose had last week stated that he will become Nigeria’s next President.
In a statement on Sunday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party said Fayose’s statement explains the governor borrowed N42bn to finance projects which did not benefit the people.
He said: “Having known Fayose as a political merchant who always contests elections without spending his personal money, we now know the reason why he has borrowed N42b to finance projects which costs have spiralled without much progress in those projects.
“Fayose borrowed two tranches of bailout comprising N9.6b and N8.8b before taking a monthly N1.3b Budget Support Facility for nine months to pay salary but he diverted all to projects awarded to his friends’ companies in which he has interest.
“Now another N9.5b Paris Club refund is coming to the state but he has started brainwashing workers and traditional rulers that the cash is N4b that will not be enough to pay salary.
“Like we hinted last week, APC will play the role of a responsible opposition by taking the governor to court to explain Ekiti finances, including calling the people to the streets to educate them on the fraudulent practices in government that are threats to the survival of Ekiti people.”
He added, “Fayose is known for contesting elections without spending his money. He did it in 2002 when party leaders, notably Dr Bode Olowoporoku, Chief Bode George, Gbenga James,prince Akin Olayisade and others raised his nomination fee.
“In his last election, revelations have emerged on how he benefitted from arms purchase cash from the Office of the National Security Adviser, more than half of which he allegedly kept in his personal accounts as revealed by EFCC’s investigation.
“This is besides tasking his supporters to make contributions to fund his last election, including selling campaign materials to them with the promises of immediate appointments after his inauguration.
“But after inauguration, he never allowed his supporters into his campaign office and his official office again and shut out his financiers he promised heaven and earth, and today, all these people are regretting their actions as they have nothing in appointments and contracts patronage.
“For the first time in history, no one knows Ekiti IGR profile because the money is kept in secret account while over-bloated figure of N2.6b is declared by Fayose as workers’ monthly salary even though the official figure is N1.7b.”