The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of awarding N720millon to himself as salary arrears of his unfinished first term.
It said such conduct is selfish and callous for a governor who calls himself a friend of the masses.
Its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said the governor had not paid last September salary and pensioners.
The statement reads: “Though he admitted he owes only May salary as if he has any excuse to owe workers, as we write, over 10,000 Ekiti workers are yet to receive April salary.
“This is because not all workers he claimed to have paid have actually received their salaries.
“What he has been doing is to pay 10 out of 300 workers in a ministry and then go to town with his propagandists.
“We are asking Fayose once again what he is doing with all the monies he saved from the empowerment programmes he cancelled.
“We also want to know where election contract deductions of N650 million monthly are going. Who are the beneficiaries? Are they more important than Ekiti workers?
“Who are his friends among the masses?”
Olatubosun said the purported 1,000 ghost workers discovered during the verification was a ploy to sack workers.
“His claim that 250 workers died after Fayemi left office is baffling.
“If this were so, then all Nigerian pastors must relocate to Ekiti to intercede on behalf of workers to stop mass deaths in the civil service,” he said.
Olatubosun also criticised the governor for his alleged frequent unofficial Dubai trips, saying his latest unofficial trip to South Africa where he was pictured at the departure lounge of the airport drinking beer was an all-time low for a governor.
Governor: It’s a lie
Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has denied the allegation that he awarded himself N720 million as allowances from his unfinished first term.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose said the allegation is ridiculous and illogical.
He accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of promoting falsehood.
The governor said: “From all indications, the APC has promoted falsehood to the level of a trade.
“Governor Fayose left office on October 16, 2006, eight months to the end of his tenure and Ekiti State had three governors within that period. Does it then make any sense that the same Fayose would come back eight years after to approve payment already made to three governors after him for himself?
“Let’s even assume that the eight months salary is to be paid, is the monthly salary of a governor not more than N1million? How then does N1million per month equal N720million in eight months?
“Again, Severance Allowance is 300 per cent of annual basic salary and the basic salary of a governor is not more than N2million. So can N2million in three places be equal to N720million?’’
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