by Segun Odeleye
These are very interesting times in Ekiti state. Since Ayo Fayose was sworn in as governor of the state, hardly a day passes without the state being in the news for one reason or the other. Yesterday it was about the meeting Fayose had with school principals in which he rolled on the floor before them. Today, his special adviser on new media raised an alarm over the fact that some people were opening Facebook accounts in the governor’s name to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
The opposition party in the state, All Progressives Congress (APC), has now responded to the governor’s claims that his predecessor, Kayode Fayemi of the APC, wasted the state’s resources in building a new Government House worth N3.3bn and allegedly spent as much as N50m for beds in his room and that of his wife.
The APC claims that the governor is simply lying. In a statement which the party entitled, “Fayose’s season of lies,” the publicity secretary of the party, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said on Sunday that the new governor wants to draw sympathy from the public while discrediting his predecessor, hence his “churning of lies.”
The APC called on the state governor to produce any evidence to back up his claim that the Government House was built for N3.3bn or that beds cost N50m.
“This is how Mr. Fayose lied about a non existent N50m bed in the Government House when he knows there is no bed that is costlier than N2m in that lodge. Governor Fayemi served Ekiti with diligence, candour and deprivation.
“Mr. Fayose knows that he lied about the N3bn cost of the new Government House and a non existent N50m bed as no bed costs more than N2m in that lodge and we challenge him to release independently verifiable documentary evidence to proof us wrong.
“He knows that the money spent on the government house is less than N2bn. Nobody could deny the fact that the government house is a legacy bequeathed by the Fayemi administration for the use of subsequent Governor’s.
“No wonder Governor Fayose now sleeps and works from the same government house that he has condemned. What a man lacking in integrity! Whether Governor Fayose likes it or not, Ekiti will forever be grateful for the monument.”
The opposition party also went on the offensive. It claimed that beyond the 1956 Mercedes which the governor rode in on the day he was sworn-in, he has also bought for himself a range rover worth N43m.
“If there is any Ekiti Governor past or present who is after self comfort but pretend to be a friend and lover of the masses, it is Mr. Ayodele Fayose. We respect the office of the Governor which Dr. Fayemi occupied with grace and candour, but if the current holder of that office chose to denigrate it by lying shamelessly, our party owe it a duty to put things in the right perspective. Mr. Fayose, who accuses others of preferring self comfort to the well being of the generality of the people is a pretender and a hypocrite.
“This is somebody who bought a N43m Range Rover vehicle on credit as Governor-elect and passed the bill to the state government only for him to deceive the hapless masses with a 1965 Mercedes Benz as official car on his inauguration day!” said the APC.