Gov Fayose
Gov Fayose

“Be the Change Organisation”, BCO, South West, labour unions, Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, artisans, market women, youth organisation and students, yesterday protested on the streets of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital condemning Governor Ayo Fayose for alleged looting of the state treasury.
The protesters demanded the resignation of the outspoken Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, governor, stating that he no longer has the moral justification to condemn the federal government’s anti-corruption war since his hands are not clean.
Executive Director of BCO, Mrs. Omotunde Fajuyi, who condemned the state governor, said Ekiti people are embarrassed by the latest revelation of Fayose’s link with N4.7billion arms cash, adding that all Nigerians must support any move to recover the people’s commonwealth from looters.
The protesters said Ekiti people are honourable and of integrity but expressed dismay that Fayose’s conduct in power has brought shame and odium on all Ekitis both at home and abroad.
“We support President Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade, we have come out to protest looting of our money, corruption in government and scandals digging this government in Ekiti.
“Workers are dying at home, we want Fayose to explain what he has done with allocations he has so far collected because he has received more than N50 billion as allocation since he came to power.
“Fayose claims to be a Christian, he must come out clean and give account to the people of Ekiti State and he must submit himself and all his aides and associates to anti-corruption agencies for investigation.”
Also, a youth leader, Adeoye Aribasoye, called on Governor Fayose to explain what he did with ecological funds and N9.6 billion bailout funds he received from the federal government.
“We have a governor who is richer than the state, a governor who has over N4 billion in his account, he is the only one who can explain what he has done with all the funds he has received from federal authorities.
“He must explain the N2.4 billion ecological funds because we don’t know what has happened to the money, he must answer for the revelations of Ekitigate. Pupils and students of public schools have been at home for over four weeks due to the strike embarked upon by civil servants and teachers,” he said.
The Chairman of Trade Union Congress , TUC, Kolawole Olaiya, urged the EFCC to probe the whereabouts of the N9.6 billion bailout money released for the payment of workers, pensioners and past political office holders.
“Corruption is responsible for the inability of Ekiti State government to pay workers’ salaries for six months. With the present revelation that several billions of Naira has been discovered in the sitting governor’s account, it is a confirmation that the governor is corrupt.
“Ekiti workers still believe that the N9.6 billion bailout is kept somewhere and we urge the EFCC to institute a probe into this fact so that workers can receive their six months’ salary arrears and secure their future.
“Government is created for welfare and security of the people and Governor Fayose has done nothing to improve the people and secure their today and their future. Enough of these lies, Ekiti people must be liberated.”
The state CNPP Publicity Secretary, Ayo Adelabu said: “We are calling on Fayose to resign from office over his failure to live up to expectation, he should come out and defend himself in the N4.7 billion arms deal scandal and we also challenge him to explain to Ekiti people how he has spent six months allocation without payment of workers which has grounded the workforce.
“The CNPP warns Fayose to stop abusing Mr. President who has been enjoying the full support of the majority of Ekiti people.
“The CNPP strongly condemns Ekiti State legislators who have turned themselves to political slaves in the hand of Fayose. The governor should also come out and explain the N2.3 billion loan he took from bank.”

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