The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has risen in stout defence of former Governor Kayode Fayemi over the Peoples Democratic Party’s claim that he diverted about N4 billion state funds to the party.
The APC described the PDP allegation as laughable and an attempt to divert the attention of the people of Ekiti from the allegation that Governor Ayodele Fayose allegedly paid himself N720 million as salaries and allowances for his unfinished first term.
The APC which also described the PDP allegation as an afterthought wondered why it took the ruling party eight months to come out with the allegation, noting that Fayemi had times without number challenged Fayose to proceed to anti-corruption agencies if the governor has any concrete evidence against him (Fayemi).
While insisting that Fayose and PDP’s resort to “old practice of falsehood and blackmail” to divert Ekiti people’s attention from proven cases of sharp practices in governance won’t succeed, the APC challenged the governor to offer explanation on the N720 million salary bazaar and N650 million deducted monthly into the purse of an “election contractor.”
The PDP had on Sunday alleged that Fayemi diverted over N4 billion raised from workers’ deductions “for sharing from time to time in the APC secretariat in the four years that his administration lasted.”
The umbrella party also claimed that the ‘deal’ was exposed during the workers’ verification exercise, claiming that it obtained the information from some workers “involved.”
The APC in a statement issud on Monday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said the latest allegation from the ruling party came because it (APC) has put the Fayose-led government on the spot on the governor’s temerity to award himself N720 million financial entitlements from his unfinished first term at a period he couldn’t pay workers’ salaries.
He challenged Fayose to provide evidence to the whole world by approaching the statutory agencies charged with responsibilities of fighting graft or shut up and stop insulting the sensibilities of Ekiti people with banal and unsubstantiated allegations.