Nineteen All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers in Ekiti State House of Assembly have refuted the report that Governor Ayodele Fayose, had paid their outstanding salaries and allowances.
In a statement by Speaker Adewale Omirin’s Special Adviser on Media, Wole Olujobi, said the report was mischievous, lacking the basic tenet of journalism to always report facts‎ in place of rumours and unfounded allegations.
According to the lawmakers, who said they were shocked that the report did not dwell on the responses from them when they were called to get the facts of the matter, but the media house preferred to file the report based on rumour, blackmail and outright lie.
“It is shocking that the media house chose not to believe us but overzealously believe in the purported sources that thrive in falsehood, lies and propaganda while working for the government.
“The reporter in one breath said his investigation revealed that the lawmakers had been paid, yet he reported that both Fayose and the lawmakers did not confirm the report as they refused to talk to him. If this were the case, then who are the sources that confirmed to the reporter that the lawmakers had been paid?
“To make matters worse, contrary to the reporter’s claim that we did not talk to him, we told him at our end that we have not been paid. Apart from getting this fact from us, the Speaker’s media aide told him the same and so we are surprised that the reporter is claiming that he received no information from us.‎
“In fact, as at Saturday night, the alerts we received from our bank were deficit alerts and so we wonder where the reporter got his story.
‎”It is unfortunate that just because the reporter wanted to file an exclusive report for his paper, he went ahead to report this falsehood motivated by blackmail.
“Let us even agree without conceding that we were paid our lawful entitlements, what favour does the governor do to us by that after illegally cutting short our tenure by seven months and putting us in harrowing inconveniences in addition to his brazen rape on the Constitution of Nigeria? ‎ Must payment of our legal entitlements prevent us from defending the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which we swore to protect?
Earlier Ekiti State government in a statement issued yesterday by the State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo said that the lawmakers duly acknowledged receipt of cheques for their payments last week Wednesday through his office.
The government was reacting to a statement issued by one Wole Olujobi, who claimed to be the lawmakers’ spokesperson that Governor Ayodele Fayose placed embargo on the lawmakers bank accounts and did not pay them their entitlements.
The statement read; “We would have remained silent in deference to the agreement reached at the last Monday meeting in Akure that all parties should maintain silence on the outcome of the meeting, especially because the lawmakers said they do not want their leaders to know the outcome of the meeting’’.

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