The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose has come under severe criticisms for berating the legacies of his predecessor, Dr Kayose Fayemi. In a statement by the Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) made available to Irohinoodua, the party accused the governor for mocking the enduring achievements of the APC between 2010 and 2014.
He said Fayemi’s projects presented the best opportunities for the state to grow, but Fayose has been hiding under non-existent debts to deny Ekiti people needed development.
Olatunbosun, said in a statement that 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.
“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.
“Fayose is standing trial in court over N1.3b poultry project fraud while his stomach infrastructure is a construction of poverty architecture among the people, thereby creating the legacy of waste, fraud and visionlessness among Ekiti people,” he said.
Noting that Fayose was granted six months moratorium on repayment of the state debts, the party said he did not take advantage of that opportunity in his development strategy after pleading the same motive for the moratorium arrangement but preferred lying to the public to protect his inadequacies.
“He lied that Fayemi bought N50 million bed even when there is no N1 million bed in the Government House. He said Fayemi built the new Government House with N3.5b while in truth the building cost N2.1b and is the cheapest new Government House in the country, the same way he lied that Ekiti bond was taken to plant flowers,” he explained.
Olatunbosun added: “The merger of three universities in a poor Ekiti State has enabled the Ekiti State University to be well funded with highest ever accreditation of courses under the Fayemi administration.
“It also enabled the institution to access funds, which was not possible before the merger while the academic standard, ranking and structures in the university improved tremendously during Fayemi’s period, even as the former governor was the first to construct a two-kilometer road and N400 million capital grant to the university since inception.
“The new College of Medicine, which Fayose had earlier turned to a secondary school in his town during his first tenure, was in the last stage of accreditation before Fayemi left office.”
Urging Ekiti people to discard Fayose’s misrepresentation of Fayemi’s view in his newspapers interview, he said the former governor never said Ekiti people were local and crude, saying that Fayemi was proud of Ekiti legacies of honour and integrity, which Ekiti people represented anywhere they found themselves.