- Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has accused the federal government of playing politics with the Paris Club refund
- Fayose says the federal government is withholding the fund to states for the purpose of preventing Ekiti from paying workers' salary arrears
- He says it is the plan of the federal govt to render him incapacitated to pay the four months arrears so that the people can vote for the APC candidate during the governorship poll in the state
The federal government has been accused by the Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, of deliberately withholding the release of the Paris Club refund to states in order to prevent Ekiti from using the money to pay arrears of workers' salary before the July 14 governorship election.
Punch reports that Fayose also said that the Independent Electoral Commission should not think of stopping the collation of elections results midway, as it was done during the gubernatorial election in Edo state.
NAIJ.com gathers that the governor stated this through his chief press secretary, Idowu Adelusi, on Thursday, June 21.
The governor said: “If it is released to other states without the inclusion of Ekiti, people will suspect the federal government of playing politics with it. The federal government used that tactics in Kogi to assist the APC candidate to win.
“I am using this forum to inform Ekiti people that the federal government is punishing and depriving them of their entitlement because of politics. They think that if I am not able to pay the four months salaries owed the workers, they will vote for APC.
“Ekiti people are not fools, they know that the Fayemi administration plunged the state into debt. Fayemi left two months salary unpaid and N1.2bn is being deducted every month from Ekiti allocations to service the debt.
“So far, N35.34bn has been deducted from allocations coming to Ekiti to service debts owed by Fayemi administration.
“If I have N35.34bn, I will not owe workers and I will be able to take care of the needs of the people. Ekiti people are not fools and will not again accept APC. They know that the Fayemi administration is the cause of the unpaid salary.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state invoked the name of God, to help him offset workers’ salaries.
According to reports, the governor stated that “at an appointed time”, God would provide a means for him to pay workers’ salaries.
Fayose’s comments were recorded in a video clip in which the governor was seen preaching alongside an interpreter.
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