The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has faulted Governor Ayodele Fayose over his refusal to pay the September salary of workers in the state.
The party accused the governor of harassing banks not to grant loans to the administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi, in order to pay the salary before he left office in October.
The APC also accused Fayose of diverting the September allocation received in October to other things instead of paying the workers.
Fayose in the monthly media chat on Friday titled, ‘meet your governor’, had told workers the workers to forget about their September salary for now because it was Fayemi who owed them.
But the Publicity Secretary of the APC in Ekiti, Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a statement on Sunday, described Fayose’s refusal to pay workers salary as “wicked, callous and insensitive to come from a governor to workers who are the engine room of government policy and programme”.
The APC spokesperson argued that since the federal allocations were paid in arrears, it was incumbent upon Fayose to pay September salary with September federal allocation that he collected in October after Fayemi had left.
Olatunbosun also reacted to Fayose’s aide, Lere Olayinka, who said Fayemi lied on his claims in a media chat on Akure-based Ondo State radio station, Adaba FM, on the debt profile of the state and projects execution during his administration that put Ekiti State ahead of its peers in the country.
Describing Olayinka as “an internet rat and a pathological liar”, Olatunbosun said records would show the people the debts profile of Ekiti State during Fayemi’s administration, adding that the experience of Ekiti people in Fayose’s hand during Christmas would convince the people who was a liar between the two leaders.
He said, “It was Fayose as Governor-elect who went to harass the banks that had overdraft arrangement with the Fayemi administration to stop granting such facilities to Fayemi even though it is the same facility Fayose is currently using to pay salaries as admitted in his media chat.
“We wish to remind Governor Fayose that even if it was Fayemi that did not pay September salary, government is a continuum and whoever assumes office inherits both assets and liabilities of that state. It is therefore a misnomer for Governor Fayose to declare in a heartless manner on state radio and television that Ekiti workers should forget September salary”, Olatubosun said.
He added that Fayose’s declaration had confirmed speculations and fears that he had misapplied the September salary amounting to over N1. 5 billion.
“If he paid December salary with November allocation that he received in December, what stopped him from paying September salary with September allocation that he received in October?
“Why skipping September salary only to pay October salary with September’s allocation? What is he planning to do with the one month salary that is outstanding now and which allocation he had already collected”, Olatunbosun queried.
“Governor Fayose tricked Ekiti people that apart from using his contacts in Abuja to get money released to the state, he will also attract Federal projects.
“While he has received about N22 billion from Abuja so far out of which he finds it difficult to pay Ekiti worker’s September salary, there is no mention of any project for Ekiti State in the 2015 budget, neither is any Ekiti road among the recently approved roads by the Federal Executive Council”, Olatubosun said.
The APC spokesperson, therefore, urged Ekiti workers to demand for their September salary from Fayose, whom he claimed had received an up-to-date allocation from the Federal Government.