By Rotimi Ojomoyela
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti state has described as childish, the way the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is ‘peddling falsehood’ citing the claim by the opposition that the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose’s trip to Dubai cost the government N250 million.
According to the PDP, “It is obvious that the economic devourers in the APC believed that the Fayose-led government must also be pilfering the State the way they did when they ran the State like a fiefdom for four years.”
The PDP, which also warned the APC to stop harbouring suspected criminals, alleged that some APC leaders led by a top security officer who worked with former Governor Kayode Fayemi was at the Ado Ekiti Prisons on Monday to see those being tried for their alleged
involvement in kidnappings in the State and the murder of former National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) boss, Omolafe Aderiye.
According to a release issued in Ado Ekiti by the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Jackson Adebayo; “The APC in Ekiti State should perish the thought of lying and manipulating themselves back to power as they did in 2010 because Ekiti people can no longer be conned by people whose only interest is the stealing of the collective wealth of the State.”
The PDP, which maintained that Governor Fayose did not spend N250 million on any foreign trip, challenged the APC and its leaders to approach the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), since their government in Abuja claimed to be fighting corruption.
Meantime, an interest group in Ekiti state civil service under the auspices of the Enlightened Workers’ Forum (EWF) has accused Governor Ayo Fayose of spending N2.5 billion to maintain street lights in Ado Ekiti, the state capital in one year.
They wondered why a government that is struggling to pay salary of workers could cough out such huge amount of money on street lights that only run for three hours from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm daily.
Reacting to the allegation, the Commissioner for Public Utilities, Deji Adesua, described the EWF members as “mischievous individuals who clustered together to discredit a government that is trying its best to make life easier for Ekiti people.
Adesua said: “Everybody knows that spending such an amount to maintain streetlights is not feasible in Ekiti of today. I want you to ask them how much is the allocation that comes to Ekiti every month?