* Says his only projects ‘re road shows, buying pepper, tomatoes in open markets
The Ekiti State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has berated Governor Ayodele Fayose for reportedly mocking the legacies of former Governor Kayode Fayemi as not worthy of emulation and sustaining, stating that 10 months after inauguration, the governor could not point to any project he had initiated except conducting road shows, including buying pepper and tomatoes in open markets to pose as a friend of the poor.
The party in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said all the governor had done so far had tended towards taking sufferings to the doorsteps of Ekiti people.
Olatunbosun, who affirmed that Fayemi’s legacies presented the best opportunities for Ekiti State to grow, stated that Governor Fayose was not only destroying himself, but also mortgaging the future of Ekiti people through stomach infrastructure that provides a kilogramme of rice and three-month-old chicken at every Christmas.
He said Instead of accusing Fayemi of fictitious N86b debts and abandoning former Segun Oni’s projects, the former governor completed all his predecessor’s projects, including the New Deputy Governor’s office, Oba Adejugbe Hospital Complex, House of Assembly Complex, Osun-Iloro, Isan-Ilemeso and Ado-Ifaki roads, among others.
Noting that Fayose and his media aide, Lere Olayinka, were “rabble-rousers and a perfect match in public image deficit”, Olatunbosun said the governor’s lies in reeling out inconsistent figures on the state debts had exposed him as a destroyer of worthy legacies and a man not prepared for governance to develop the state. He added that 10 months after inauguration, the governor could not point to any project he had initiated except conducting road shows, including buying pepper and tomatoes in open markets, to pose as a friend of the poor even when all he had done so far tended towards taking sufferings to the doorsteps of Ekiti people.
He said: “Fayose claimed that Ekiti owed N86 billion, when in reality the debt restructuring as released by the Debt Management Office (DMO) and published in Thisday of Friday, August 21, 2015, confirmed Ekiti debt as N18. 8 billion after conversion to long-term bond.
“This has shown that Fayose is a pathological and serial liar. Ekiti people should now ask Fayose where he got the N86b figure he has been bandying around that does not allow him implement development projects, including payments of gratuities and pensions for several months while also refusing to pay last year September salaries and five months salaries to traditional rulers after collecting allocations for the payments,” he said. Olatunbosun also challenged Fayose to probe Fayemi who has made himself available in the last 10 months if he is sure of his allegations.
“Government is a continuum. Fayemi met billions of naira debts on assumption of office, but this did not deter him from executing many projects, including life-lifting and empowerment projects as well as enduring physical infrastructure, such as renovation of schools and hospitals, new Government House, the pavilion, the civic centre incorporating e-library, women development centre, conference centre and museum, construction of modern markets across the state amongst others. This also did not stop him from increasing workers salaries three times, a feat which Fayose never matched not even once,” Olatunbosun explained.
He added: “Fayose has cancelled social security scheme for the elderly people, youths in commercial agricultural scheme that employed thousands of youths, apprenticeship scheme, youth volunteer programme, Ekiti Traffic Management Agency that employed hundreds of youths and community development and empowerment schemes and in their place, he instituted stomach infrastructure that has turned the youths to hell-raisers on the streets after bouts of drinks at ‘ogogoro’ joints where armed robbers and kidnappers take off for their various operations across the state, resulting in scaring investors and creating general atmosphere of insecurity in the state. Ekiti has become the kidnapping capital under Fayose’s administration.
“Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort that Fayose left in ruins but which was turned to a world class tourist centre by Fayemi is again facing another neglect by Fayose, even Fayemi also resuscitated Ire Burnt Bricks Company that was moribund for 22 years.” According to him, all these have again been destroyed by Fayose in just 10 months of his administration of stomach infrastructure, adding that with this callous and deceptive behaviour in conducting government business, Fayose was writing his name in dust and inadvertently destroying himself instead of destroying Fayemi’s legacies.
The party also dismissed Fayose as a devious master of blackmail, saying his betrayer tag on Fayemi was to celebrate non-existent feud in his relationship with the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.