- Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has been criticised by a chieftain of the APC, Akinlayo Kolawole
- Kolawole said that the governor has, through his policies, chased private companies away from the state
- He said that the state fared better under the leadership of Dr Kayode Fayemi
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state, Akinlayo Kolawole, has lamented the withdrawal of private companies from Ekiti state, which he said was caused by what he described as the obnoxious policies and despotic actions of Governor Ayodele Fayose.
He said that the indigenes of the state have been rendered jobless by Fayose's policy, adding that poor performance of the Fayose-led government and disunity in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti would make Kayode Fayemi of the APC win the July 14 election, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com notes that the chieftain said this in Ikosun Ekiti, Moba local government area of the state on Wednesday, June 13.
He said: “Governor Fayose’s arbitrary tax policy made Guaranty Trust and Ecobanks to close shops in Ekiti. And most disturbing was the fact that most of those that were laid off as a result of this not well thought-out action in those banks were indigenes of the state.
“Most of the international development organizations like DFID, USAID and others that had good working and beneficial relationships with Dr Fayemi were no longer operating in the state.
“Ekiti has been in solitary confinement since the advent of the PDP government in Ekiti without bilateral relationships in terms of economic building and exchange of skills and ideas and no economy can develop under this harsh situation. Our people must take their destiny in their own hands in this election. Fayemi facilitated over N2 billion to Ekiti to develop agriculture, today nothing is happening.
“Our state can no longer interface with any organization for help. We now depend solely on the federal allocation thereby worsening poverty level and make lives miserable for our people. We thank God Ekiti people are highly educated and they now have the opportunity to choose between a government that provided abundant and lasting opportunities and those that gave the beggarly stomach infrastructure that has eroded our values.
“Many of Fayose’s personal aides, including a trusted ally like Alhaji Demola Bello have joined APC. In a matter of days, ten members of the state House of Assembly are planning to join us. These are happening when APC is stable."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the minister of mines and steel development, Kayode Fayemi, said that the APC would ensure that the out-going governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, ends up in jail.
Fayemi made the statement on Saturday, April 14, at a declaration ceremony attended by a large crowd on Saturday in Ado Ekiti.
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