By OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has assured Governor Ayodele Fayose that it will soon react to the fraud charge by the economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of how arms cash was fraudulently diverted to illegally fund his election.
Reacting to Fayose’s allegation that the party funded the protest rally against him by the civil society organisations in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend, Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said the governor was confused on how to react to “a clearly criminal expose by the anti-graft agency on how he allegedly diverted arms cash to win his election”.
He counseled the governor to stop being paranoid about the fate that awaits him under the current President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He denied the party’s involvement in the civil society groups’ rally, assuring the governor that very soon, the party will react through street actions to draw the world’s attention that the governor allegedly represented evil in Ekiti State.
Olatunbosun also faulted the governor over insinuation that APC had petitioned President Buhari not to grant Ekiti State another bailout to pay workers’ salaries.
He said the blackmail was to set the workers against APC leaders instead of the governor to come clean that he could not meet the conditions set by the Federal Government to be qualified for another bailout.
“Fayose has no audited account for the past 18 months. His IGR has no records. He refuses to implement TSA. The debt profile of the state he sent to the CBN is inconsistent with official records in the Debt Management Office (DMO) while fake workers’ BVN numbers were discovered in records Fayose sent to CBN,”
Olatunbosun explained, adding that these are the CBN conditions that cannot be met by the governor but over which he was mischievously blaming APC leaders.
Asking Fayose to surrender the state money allegedly in his possession to enable civil servants take their salaries, Olatunbosun urged EFCC to comb other banks where the governor allegedly kept the state’s money in secret accounts.
“We call on EFCC to beam its searchlights on other banks and his so-called secret South Africa-made safe kept in his Afao home and Lagos where the governor allegedly keeps Ekiti money.
“We believe that N4.7b poll fund fraud will be a child’s play by the time the EFCC hits some banks that Fayose has his cronies who help in keeping funds realised from IGR in secret accounts.
“We have cried over time for the governor to declare IGR figures officially and disclose the accounts IGR cash is being kept, but he railed at us, telling all sorts of lies, the same way he bullied the civil servants when they demanded for the details of IGR kept in secret accounts being coordinated by his cronies through official conspiracy,” Olatunbosun said.
He added:”We are aware of the usual blackmail by the governor and his media aides about the finances of the state, but we make bold to say that no amount of blackmail will stop APC from asking questions about the finances of the state.
“We will continue to fight for the welfare and well-being of Ekiti workers who the governor has turned to paupers, beggars and petty thieves due to non-payment of salaries.
“We never wrote any letter to stop bailout to Ekiti government. However, we are of the opinion that a fresh bailout should be paid directly to Ekiti workers from Abuja so that it will not end up in Fayose’s private account just like the N9.6 billion he is yet to account for.
By OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti.