For the first time since he handed over power over two months ago, former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has spoken on his four year tenure against the background of various allegations against him by the administration of Governor Ayo Fayose.
Gov. Fayose had among other allegations accused his predecessor of leaving behind a huge debt for the state, owing workers’ salaries, building a new Government House in the face of paucity of funds and commissioning uncompleted projects.
In his response, Fayemi refuted the allegations and accused his successor of elevating falsehood and deceit as an official policy of his (Fayose’s) administration.
Speaking on a special programme on Akure, Ondo State-based radio station, ADABA 88.9 FM, Friday evening, Fayemi insisted that the total amount of debt he left behind for his successor was N36 billion contrary to Fayose’s claim of a whopping N85 billion.
He also refuted Fayose’s claim that he (Fayose) left N10. 4 billion in the government coffers shortly after he was impeached from office in October 2006.
According to Fayemi, available records showed that Fayose rather left N3.5 billion and a lot of contractor obligations behind after his dramatic exit from power in 2006.
For the first time, Fayemi also revealed that actual cost of the new Government House, also known as the Ayoba Villa, saying the edifice was built at the cost of N2.1 billion.
Fayemi said the cost of the Ayoba Villa, which is being presently overlaid with marble by the Fayose administration, was lower in cost compared to other newly-constructed Government Houses in other states of the federation.
He also lampooned Fayose for claiming in his monthly media chat, “Meet Your Governor” earlier in the day that the new Government House is yet to be completed maintaining that “the edifice is not only completed but is also fully furnished”.
He also expressed shock at the claim by Fayose and his aides that each of the beds in the Ayoba Villa cost N50 million, explaining there is no place in the world where a single bed is being sold for that amount. He, however, did not mention how much the beds cost the state government.
Fayemi also warned Gov. Fayose to stop peddling lies and face the serious business of governance instead of reducing governance to comedy which, he noted, is portraying Ekiti in bad light in the comity of states in Nigeria and before the international community.