By Gbenga Ariyibi
Ado Ekiti — OUT-GOING Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday, told the in-coming Ayo Fayose Government that he was ready for probe as threatened because he had nothing to fear or hide.
Governor Fayemi boasted that his administration ran the affairs of the state transparently.
The governor spoke while reacting to the threat by the incoming government of Fayose to probe his administration as well as series of allegations by the state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP against his administration since he lost the June 21 governorship election
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode, the governor defended the way his administration ran the state since he took over the affairs of the state in 2010.
The statement reads in part: “For a party that is set to form government in a matter of weeks to seek to discredit the incumbent administration, through sheer falsehood and blackmail is simply irresponsible and childish. PDP should mention the banks where the alleged illegal movement of funds took place and also where the so called 3,000 workers were recruited illegally. Equally the establishment of LCDAs went through a process that started with the Justice Ajakaiye’s committee and culminated in the law passed by the Legislature establishing the 19 new LCDAs. If the incoming Government so desires let it go through due process and get the assembly to annul the process that established the LCDAs.
“Concerning the delayed payment of August salary to workers in the State, it is pertinent to note that this is the first time that workers salary has been delayed in almost four years of the Fayemi administration and this has been due to the non-availability of the overdraft facility to the state due to the panic created in financial institutions dealing with the state by the Governor-elect. While every effort is being made to meet our obligations to our workers, one should state that even at that, almost all states encounter delays in salary payment and despite every effort to avoid this, Ekiti cannot be an exception to the rule in the face of dwindling resources and reduced federal allocations.
“Instead of turning this into a political poker, one would have expected the incoming administration to work closely with the outgoing government by closing ranks in the interest of the State. The same goes for the irresponsible accusation of a debt overhang. What the Fayemi administration has done with the state’s borrowings under its watch is public knowledge (in the roads infrastructure, the new Govt House, the new EkitiParapo Pavillion, Lagos Liaison Office, revival of Ire Clay Factory, resuscitation of Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort, the new College of Agriculture, the markets in the 16 LGAs) and can be obtained from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)”.