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Fayose will be in prison by October – Fayemi

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Governor Ayodele Fayose will spend many years in jail after leaving office in October, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, his predecessor said.

Fayemi who is now Minister of Mines and Steel Development, and wants to seek re-election made the vow during his declaration of intent to contest for Ekiti State governorship seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Fayemi while addressing a mammoth crowd of supporters at a rally in Ado-Ekiti, shortly after a meeting with APC executives at the party secretariat, said he was contesting the election with the intention to dislodge Fayose, whose government had brought untold misery to Ekiti people through its dubious and insensitive approach to governance.

The carnival-like rally shot down the entire Ado-Ekiti the state capital, as Dr Fayemi and his supporters trekked from Fajuyi area of the city to the party secretariat at Ajilosun, with jubilant crowd chanting APC songs.

The crowd at the rally became ecstatic when Fayemi brought out a red card from his pocket which he symbolically flashed at Governor Fayose and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), declaring an end to the PDP-led government in the state.

Fayemi said the incumbent government’s White paper cannot stop him from contesting and winning the July 14 election.

He said the White paper issued against him by the Fayose government was hurriedly packaged with the hope of stopping him from joining the guber race. He explained that the incumbent government, in the desperate bid to nail him disregarded the laws of the country, adding that the red card is his answer to the Fayose’s White Paper.

Traffic was grounded for about four hours in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, where a massive crowd which overwhelmed the city, turned out to hear Fayemi speak on his agenda for the state.

Speaking, Fayemi said the state had retrogressed sharply in the last four years he left office adding that his bid to run for the governorship was motivated by the need to “rescue Ekiti people from bad governance, want, hunger and poverty.” He lamented the suffering of teachers, state civil servants, local government workers, and pensioners who are being owed backlog of arrears of salaries, allowances and benefits.

Fayemi said the Fayose government had no excuse for not paying workers’ salaries and pensioners benefits having collected two tranches of bailout funds, two tranches of Paris Club refund and Budget Support Funds for thirteen months.

He also disclosed that latest records from the Debt Management Office (DMO) showed that Fayose had borrowed N56 billion since coming to power in October 2014 with nothing tangible to show for it.

He also challenged Fayose to make public the state’s IGR figure, wondering why the state IGR figure which reached N600 million monthly during his tenure is now shrouded in secrecy.

The former governor who admitted borrowing N25 billion, said the money was spent on improving infrastructure in the state, including building major road networks, revitalising moribund Ire Bricks company, Ikogosi resort, government House, Civic centre, state pavilion, and comprehensive renovation of all schools in the state.

The N25 billion bond, according to him had a seven- year tenure, with a well structured monthly repayment plan, adding that the state had repaid N14.5 billion before he left office in 2014.

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