By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
The Ekiti State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has described Governor Kayode Fayemi’s presidential declaration in Abuja on Wednesday, as a “declaration of failure.”
A statement issued on Wednesday by the party’s state Publicity Secretary, Rapheal Adeyanju, said Fayemi wasted millions of naira belong to Ekiti State to declare failure in Abuja.
Ekiti PDP accused the governor of leaving entitlements of pensioners, salaries and deductions unpaid, while wasting state’s resources on his presidential ambition.
The party challenged Fayemi to “tell Nigerians how well he has governed the state to qualify him as the president of Nigeria.”
“It is unfortunate that 95 per cent of those who attended the declaration were transported from Ekiti to Abuja on the bill of the state government. A presidential declaration that is 95 per cent attendance from Ekiti should have been held in Ado Ekiti.
“From information available to us, over N300 million Ekiti State money was spent on that declaration while more than N1 billion was spent on the governor’s consultation across the country,” PDP said.
While faulting the governor’s claim that he would tackle security in Nigeria if elected president, the opposition party said: “Ekiti State residents can no longer sleep with their eyes closed, most of the roads have been taken over by bandits who are kidnapping people at will and collecting cigarettes, noodles, can beer, sachet water and so on as ransom.”
“If Ekiti is not secured under Fayemi as the governor, how can Nigeria be secured under him as the president? Can the country afford to replace a tyrannical emperor like Buhari with Fayemi his alter ego? What will be the fate of the Nigerian workers under President Fayemi who takes pleasure in sacking workers as a state governor?” it added.
The PDP further alleged that Ekiti State workers employed by the PDP governments were sacked by Fayemi’s All Progressives Congress (APC) government, claiming that when court ruled that the sacked workers be reinstated, Fayemi refused.
“Is that what he is coming to replicate as president of Nigeria?” the party queried.