Former Commissioner for Works in Ekiti State, Kayode Oso has denied allegations that he ran away to evade arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Oso said he resigned from Ayo Fayose led government in the state on health ground, describing the allegations as the handiworks of the enemies of Fayose’s government.
Oso gave the clarification in Ado Ekiti yesterday during the swearing-in of Mrs. Theresa Funmilayo Ogun, ex-special assistant on Widows matters, as the new Commissioner for Works and Transport by Governor Fayose.
Before Oso’s resignation some months ago, there were insinuations that he ran away to prevent his arrest by the EFCC, while it was also rumoured that the former commissioner had a frosty relationship with Fayose over the award of N5.7billion Flyover and N2.3 billion Erekesan Market projects in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
Oso said: “Two months ago, I resigned by appointment in the state on medical ground to enable me to take care of myself. I am therefore happy that I am alive to witness today’s ceremony. Between my time of resignation and now, a lot of information went viral which suggested that I was acrimonious to Governor Fayose, that I am being trailed by security agents. Some even made accusations bothering on financial impropriety.
“All these were misinformed and unfounded allegations that had nothing with my personal relationship with the Governor”, he said.
Governor Ayo Fayose, who was represented by his Deputy Dr. Kolapo Olusola, said, Oso’s clarification has laid to rest the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC’s claim, which had accused the state government of the allegations.
Calling on the new commissioner to live up to the expectations of her office, Fayose said: “Oso is a hardworking, honest and rugged commissioner. In fact , he served the state meritoriously well and I want to say that he has left a big shoe for you to wear.
“But Mrs Ogun did well in her past position and I see her as a formidable replacement. The new office conferred on you greater responsibilities and let transparency, probity, loyalty and accountability be your watchwords”.
Mrs Ogun promised to rededicate and recommit herself to the service of the state for the realisation of Fayose’s dream of making Ekiti greater than he met it.
She said she would key into the programmes already outlined by the governor to improve the infrastructural facilities of the state.


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