The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose’s letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping urging him to deny a purported $2 billion loan request by the Nigerian government, has been described as a “seditious conduct that must not be allowed to go unchallenged”.
The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, which faulted the governor over the letter, lamented that while Fayose got himself busy spending state fund on frivolities, workers’ salaries remained unpaid for four months.
The party’s position was contained in a statement on Monday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun.
Olatunbosun called on security agencies to check Fayose’s treasonable and seditious activities.
The APC spokesman said: “Even though he has the right to entertain himself being a jester as he has always been, this should not be taken to the extent of constituting a security risk to the Federal Government.
“Other PDP governors, notably Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade, are always in Aso Rock to build a relationship with the Federal Government for the development of their states, Fayose has made himself a lone enemy, a self-appointed opposition leader to discredit Buhari’s development initiatives”.
The Ekiti APC spokesman wondered why a governor who is borrowing money for capital projects with the backing and approval of the Federal Government, opposed the same Federal Government.
“All countries borrow to finance their development goals, the US, UK, Japan, Germany and China are no exceptions.
“With the position of China as the second biggest economy in the world, no country can ignore that Asian giant, and so it is in the interest of Nigeria to work with China for development and technological issues that go with adequate funding.
“Unfortunately, Fayose sees nothing good in this initiative that has the potential to grow our economy for the benefit of all Nigerians but prefers pursuing motives to amass wealth through misapplication of the state’s funds”, he said.