The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has warned the State Governor, Ayo Fayose, to stop deceiving workers.
In a statement yesterday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the APC also warned the governor against persecuting union leaders for demanding for workers’ rights.
Olatunbosun noted that sending security agents after union leaders was fascist conduct capable of forcing citizens into acts rage capable of causing a slide into anarchy.
He also described the action of crediting workers’ accounts with their salaries, only to withdraw same after media hype as “callous and highly fraudulent”.
He cautioned Fayose to “stop playing games with the lives of workers”.
According to the Ekiti APC spokesperson, Fayose’s inconsistent figures on the state debts and non-transparent manner in the conduct of government’s business were enough for workers to lose faith in him.
He said: “This is not the first time the governor is doing this to workers. He did it to primary school teachers last year when he learnt that they were to embark on strike.
“That is what he did last week after learning of strike plan by teachers after they refused to help him in a solidarity rally to save him from Ekitigate probe.
“The governor, who said the state was broke suddenly paid two months salary after learning that the teachers were bent on protesting the non-payment of their salary arrears, even though he quickly reversed a month salary from their accounts after workers were celebrating payment of two months arrears.
“As we speak, Fayose is threatening labour leaders for legitimately asking for the rights of workers.
“He has relocated government business to Afao-Ekiti just as he did when he was about to be impeached in 2006”.
However, the State Commissioner for Information, Lanre Ogunsuyi, has apologized to workers in the state for the inconvenience over their salaries, which he attributed to “an error by the firm handling the computerisation of accounts”.
Ogunsuyi said: “We are aware of the development and I want to say that government is sorry for the inconvenience this might have caused our workers. Today, everybody will get one-month pay.
“It was an error by the firm that handled the computerisation of accounts, it was an error by our service provider”.