BY Gbenga Ariyibi
ADO EKITI—The Labour Party, LP, gubernatorial candidate in last Saturday’s election in Ekiti State, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele has raised a poser over the decision of Governor Kayode Fayemi to create more councils few months to the expiration of his tenure, saying it was a ploy to create problem for the governor-elect, Mr Ayodele Fayose.
Fayemi had on Tuesday while receiving the reports of the committee set up for the creation of additional local governments declared his determination to create additional councils before he leaves office in October 16.
Bamidele, in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti yesterday by his media aide, Ahmed Salami, said he expected Fayemi at this critical time to concentrate his energy on how to combat the rising wave of youth unemployment in the state, rather than trying to create unnecessary impediment for the in-coming administration.
The federal lawmaker said the governor would do a great disservice to the state if he carries out the policy, when he knew that he had already incurred N25 billion debt for the succeeding government to defray.
Bamidele said for Governor Fayemi to have mooted the idea of creating more local Governments at the twilight of his administration confirmed that he is insensitive to the plights of Ekiti people.
“This move only confirms Fayemi’s insensitivity to sustainable development in the State because he is embarking on a policy that can bring internal strife and brew animosity that can consume the present government and create serious impediment for incoming government.
“This is a governor who superimposed himself on the entire state by appointing his cronies as local government caretakers and supervisory councilors, denying the third tier both financial and administrative autonomy as stipulated by the law of the country.
“It is on record how Fayemi maneuvered their finances and manipulated the council personnels in the local governments which prompted massive protest votes against him on Saturday.
“No amount of image_redemption could save Fayemi, rather he should give accounts of his stewardship while in office.”