The Ekiti State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as falsehood, the allegation by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state that former Governor Kayode Fayemi diverted N4.1 billion meant for workers to the party.
The APC said the allegation was aimed at diverting the attention of people from “proven cases of sharp practices in governance” by Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The opposition party in the state said the PDP allegation was to divert Ekiti peoples’ attention from the N720 million the governor allegedly awarded himself as salary arrears for his unfinished first term in office.
It also challenged the PDP and Gov. Fayose to take their case against Fayemi to the EFCC if they are sure of the allegation.
In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun on Monday, the party expressed dismay that the governor was just realising that N4 billion was diverted by Fayemi after eight months in office.
It said the governor was exposed as an enemy of workers, having owed workers’ salaries and pensions at the time he awarded himself N720 million and paying back N650 million to his election contractors.
“It is laughable that as much as N4billion was diverted or embezzled by the Fayemi administration and Fayose is just knowing about it eight months after assumption of office. This is better told to the marines.
“Fayemi offered his administration for probe when Fayose started a similar campaign of calumny to cover his tracks in financial mismanagement but the governor had no courage for such exercise because there was nothing to probe.
“Fayose is at it again in his usual funny game to divert Ekiti peoples’ attention from his sharp practices in governance. This is an afterthought that exposes his ignorance and confusion. If Fayose is sure of his facts, he should not waste time in taking his case to the EFCC”, it said.
The party added: “There is no deduction anywhere; it is not possible. For the two years that federal allocations to the state dwindled with as much as N500 million, Fayemi was still paying workers’ salaries with overdraft until Fayose as governor-elect wrote to banks to stop it. So how was any deduction and diversion possible under that situation? The biometric system was so transparent such that it did not allow ghost workers syndrome, but since the PDP is now saying its government detected 1,000 ghost workers, we are interested in unmasking the ghosts, which we believe is the governor’s making and we demand that the names of these ghost workers be published”.
Mr. Olatubosun dared Gov. Fayose and the PDP to approach the EFCC with their claim, including the list of workers used to siphon funds, adding that Fayemi would be willing to defend his financial transactions in government with facts and figures.