By GBENGA ARIYIBI
FORMER Ekiti State governor and Peoples Democratic, PDP, gubernatorial candidate in the June 21 governorship election, Mr. Ayo Fayose, yesterday traded word with Governor Kayode Fayemi over plans by the state government to spend an additional N1.4 billion for the repair of Ero Dam.
While Fayose claimed that the fund would be diverted to fund the June 21 gubernatorial election campaign, Fayemi dismissed the allegation insisting that his administration had been impeccable in its execution of projects unlike what happened when Fayose was governor.
Speaking through the Director General of his Campaign Organisation, AFCO, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, Fayose said it was curious that contracts worth several billions of naira were now being awarded by the Fayemi-led government when election was less than five weeks.
The government had last week approved a N1.375 billion contract for the Turn-Around Maintenance, TAM, of the Ero Dam, Phase 1.
The contract was awarded to Messrs Bi-water Nigeria Ltd at the State Executive Council Meeting. But the PDP candidate alleged that; “The N1.4 billion was definitely to fund the June 21 election. It is on record that the State Government said in January that major dams in the state like Ureje, Ero, Egbe and Itapaji were undergoing major repairs and would be connected to the various pipes as soon as possible. In July 2012, the government said a heavy duty generator worth N200 million was procured and installed at Ero dam as back up for electricity.
“And where are the results of the billions of naira purportedly spent on Ero Dam because Ekiti people are not getting portable to use? It is therefore our conviction that this new N1.4 billion Ero Dam contract is a fraud meant to cover-up public funds already spent on Fayemi’s re-election bid.” Reacting to the allegation, through the Spokesman of his Campaign Organisation, Mr. Dimeji Daniels, Fayemi challenged the Fayose to substantiate the allegation with evidence.
Governor Fayemi noted his administration had been impeccable in its execution of projects, saying “this is why the administration has not been messing up or being a constant visitor to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. According to Fayemi, it was for lack of what to say that the PDP and Fayose had fabricated unsubstantiated claims and advised the PDP candidate to re-focus his energy on how to rejig his campaign which he claimed seemed to have nose-dived from all indications.