For the first time since he handed over power over two months ago, former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has spoken on his four year tenure against the background of various allegations against him by the administration of Governor Ayo Fayose.
Gov. Fayose had among other allegations accused his predecessor of leaving behind a huge debt for the state, owing workers’ salaries, building a new Government House in the face of paucity of funds and commissioning uncompleted projects.
In his response, Fayemi refuted the allegations and accused his successor of elevating falsehood and deceit as an official policy of his (Fayose’s) administration.
Speaking on a special programme on Akure, Ondo State-based radio station, ADABA 88.9 FM, Friday evening, Fayemi insisted that the total amount of debt he left behind for his successor was N36 billion contrary to Fayose’s claim of a whopping N85 billion.
He also refuted Fayose’s claim that he (Fayose) left N10. 4 billion in the government coffers shortly after he was impeached from office in October 2006.
According to Fayemi, available records showed that Fayose rather left N3.5 billion and a lot of contractor obligations behind after his dramatic exit from power in 2006.
For the first time, Fayemi also revealed that actual cost of the new Government House, also known as the Ayoba Villa, saying the edifice was built at the cost of N2.1 billion.
Fayemi said the cost of the Ayoba Villa, which is being presently overlaid with marble by the Fayose administration, was lower in cost compared to other newly-constructed Government Houses in other states of the federation.
He also lampooned Fayose for claiming in his monthly media chat, “Meet Your Governor” earlier in the day that the new Government House is yet to be completed maintaining that “the edifice is not only completed but is also fully furnished”.
He also expressed shock at the claim by Fayose and his aides that each of the beds in the Ayoba Villa cost N50 million, explaining there is no place in the world where a single bed is being sold for that amount. He, however, did not mention how much the beds cost the state government.
Fayemi also warned Gov. Fayose to stop peddling lies and face the serious business of governance instead of reducing governance to comedy which, he noted, is portraying Ekiti in bad light in the comity of states in Nigeria and before the international community.
Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador
Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.
The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.
He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.
The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.
The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.
Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel
Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.
The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.
This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
— Kola Ologbondiyan (@officialKolaO) November 23, 2020
Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.
Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.
Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.
The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.
He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.
The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.
He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.
“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”
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