By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—The Ekiti State House of Assembly has described a report in a national daily (not Vanguard) yesterday, that nine of its lawmakers are being investigated over certificate forgery as baseless, wicked and a continuation of relentless efforts of faceless enemies of the state to discredit the government.
The Assembly also noted that the rumour that the lawmakers were in hiding was a proof that “liars and enemies of progress are at work,” as “the House held its parliamentary meeting in the complex today (Monday) without any fear, let or hindrance.”
According to a statement by the chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon Gboyega Aribisogan, the House was composed of professionals in different fields of endeavour who had made their impacts in their respective sectors.
“It has come to the attention of the Ekiti State House of Assembly that some enemies of the state, in their unrelenting bid to discredit the state government have alleged, through an apparently-sponsored story in The Punch newspaper of Monday, July 25, that nine of the 26 honourable members of the House are under investigation for alleged certificate forgery.
“This is clearly a careless and baseless allegation, considering that all the members of the House were duly screened by relevant government agencies prior to their election into the House. Besides, it is suspect that the said story merely quoted a nebulous and faceless source and it appeared only in the said newspaper.
“No member of this House has been invited for questioning by any government agency over issue of certificates. The records of academic qualification, as presented to INEC, of all the members are available in their respective schools.
Fayose denies receiving N9bn allocation
Meantime, contrary to the claim of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that Ekiti State got over N9 billion as allocation from the federation account for the month of June, Governor Ayodele Fayose has said the government only got N2.5 billion.
Fayose made the declaration in Ado-Ekiti yesterday while speaking on state radio and television.
The APC through its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, had in a statement on Sunday advised Governor Fayose to ensure that the fresh federal allocation of N4.732b to the state and of almost equal amount to the Local government areas to clear the workers and pensioners six month salary arrears and allowances at once since the wage bill of the state is not up to N2.6billion as always claimed by Fayose.
But in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the governor challenged the APC and any other person or group having any contrary figures to make that public.