The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has told President
Mohammadu Buhari to return the N1.5 billion the State money donated to
fund his election by former governor of the State, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
The party said “equity and justice demand that Buhari should return
what he got from Ekiti State treasury through Fayemi, if he is running
after those who allegedly got money from the Office of the National
Security Adviser (ONSA).”
State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Jackson Adebayo said in a
release issued in Ado-Ekiti on Monday that the N1.5 billion, if
returned will go a long way in cushioning the effects of the dwindling
economic fortune of the State, especially payment of workers salary.
Fayemi, who is now Buhari’s Minister of Solid Minerals reportedly
transferred N1.5 billion from his account in a bank located along
Liberation Square, Accra, Ghana to the APC Presidential Campaign Fund
account “in other to place him in a vantage position for ministerial
appointment should Buhari wins the February 14 Presidential election,”
and true to his expectation, he was appointed minister.
“N1.5 billion is a lot of money and Ekiti State government will only
need to add some millions to be able to pay one month salary if Buhari
returns the money.
“The APC government of Fayemi left office with August and September
2014 salaries of workers unpaid but the same Fayemi could donate
N1.5bn to Buhari’s campaign just because he wanted to be minister.
Where then is the morality in Buhari’s anti-corruption posture when he
was funded with stolen fund?
“The President must therefore return the N1.5 billion stolen from
Ekiti State that was used to fund his election,” the PDP said.
While reiterating the PDP’s support for the fight against corruption,
the party said “President Buhari must first remove the logs in his
eyes before his attempt to remove the toothpicks in other people’s
eyes can be taken seriously and the first step he must take is to
return the N1.5 billion he got from Fayemi to fund his election.”