By Dapo Akinrefon & Rotimi Olaleye
Ado-Ekiti— Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State yesterday took a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari saying the only achievement recorded by the administration has been the harassment of leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He, however, berated the Buhari administration for the alleged lopsided appointments, selective anti-corruption crusade and the recent invasion of the Akwa Ibom State Government House by officials of the Department of State Security, DSS.In a statement, Governor Fayose commended the president for his efforts at ending the Boko Haram insurgency saying “I wish to call on all Nigerians to support the President in restoring peace to the Boko Haram ravaged North Eastern part of Nigeria.”
Besides, he said “As at today, the only achievement recorded by the President Buhari’s government is the harassment of leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and those perceived as not on the same political page with the president in his party.”
In addition, he said: “President Mohammadu Buhari’s government is now 100 days and even though I align with most Nigerians, who opined that 100 days is too short in the life of a government, it is important to make some clarifications as regards the administration. This is more so that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some political jobbers that are looking for appointments are praising the President, citing imaginary achievements.”
Also, he said: “Former President Goodluck Jonathan and those who worked with him as well as PDP governors and leaders are now targets of harassment, and by this, the president is telling Nigerians that it does not pay to be honourable. Dr Goodluck Jonathan was honourable enough to allow a peaceful transition and conceded to the president even though it was obvious that his victory was questionable. Visiting such a person and those who worked with him with persecution as being done now, is no doubt a sad reminder of the reason we have many sit-tight leaders in Africa.
Interestingly, some of those who worked with Dr Goodluck Jonathan that the APC called thieves are now being appointed to manage the affairs of international organisations like the World Bank and African Development Bank.”
Assembly approves bailout package
Meanwhile, the Ekiti State House of Assembly has permitted the state governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, to obtain loans and explore avenues to help the government extricate itself from current financial crisis.
It resolved that the governor should partake in the Excess Crude Account (ECA)-backed loan being made available to states facing challenges of finance to the tune of N10 billion.
In a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the House Speaker, Stephen Gbadamosi, the assembly also passed a resolution on the intention of the state government to partake in the Federal Government bailout package for payment of backlog arrears of workers’ salaries and bonuses.
The Speaker, Pastor Kola Oluwawole explained that the state governor had written a letter to the House seeking its resolution over the matter.
About N19.6 billion loan will be accessed by the state, apart from the N10 billion from ECA, the government would access N9,604,430,000 from Skye Bank on a 20-year repayment plan at nine per cent interest.
Ask APC govs to declare assets instead — PDP
Also, the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State has asked the state chapter of the All Progressive Congress to advice the governors elected on the platform of their party to first of all declare their assets before shamefully demanding for that of the Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose.
The PDP said until the opposition party do this they should remain in the wilderness of foolishness where their likes belongs as its expected that a party peopled by intelligent persons should know that you can only ask question on what you are not guilty of.
This was the assertion of the Ekiti PDP in a statement by the State Publicity Secretary, Mr Jackson Adebayo in Ado Ekiti in reaction to the purported demand by the opposition party that the Governor of the State, Mr Ayo Fayose should declare his assets.
The PDP asserted that the declaration made by President Muhammadu Buhari contained many loopholes which no sensible being should be proud of.
Adebayo stated that the declaration made by Buhari cannot be compared to that made by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua which till date has been adjudged as a perfect declaration by any Nigerian President.