The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State , Dr Kayode Fayemi, has challenged Governor Ayodele Fayose to a public debate on how the two of them ran Ekiti finances in office.
Fayemi said the 800 – page handover note he personally gave to Fayose when he assumed office contained how the finances he received while in office were managed .
The immediate past Minister of Mines and Steel Development spoke at a press briefing on Sunday after the inauguration of the state campaign council.
“ I challenge Fayose to meet me in a debate and let us discuss what we did with the resources that we held in trust for Ekiti , that way we will know who is a better manager of Ekiti resources or who is a prodigal son, ” he said
Fayemi stated this while responding to an allegation by the Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party ’ s Chairman , Gboyega Oguntuase , that the former governor mismanaged N165 bn allocation apart from other grants as governor between 2010 and 2014 .
Oguntuase had in a statement in Ado – Ekiti on Sunday wondered why Fayemi still took N25 bn bond and N35 bn commercial loans with nothing to show for the funds .
“ In 2011 , Fayemi got N40 . 5 bn as monthly statutory allocations . In 2012 , he got N39 . 8 bn . In 2013 , he got N44 . 3 bn and in 2014 , he got N 40 . 1 bn . Whereas , the Fayose administration got N28 . 2 bn in 2015 , N18 . 8 bn in 2016 and N25 . 6 bn in 2017 .
“ Apart from the above monthly allocations , Fayemi still got regular funds from the Excess Crude Oil Account , and IGR among others. Despite what Fayemi got , he still borrowed N 25 bn from the capital market and took N31 bn commercial loans . The question is : What did he do with the money? Nothing.
“ The N25 bn bond and commercial loans , through which he mortgaged the finances of our dear state for 20 years , were spent on nothing . He proposed an event centre , it was never completed. He said he would build a new Governor’ s Office , he only scraped a parcel of land near the House of Assembly Complex and did nothing . His new Ojaba Market , for which he erected a billboard at the entrance of the palace of Ewi , never saw the light of the day , ” Oguntuase said.
But responding, Fayemi said , “The handover note contained both financial and administrative details of what we did in four years .
“I urge the PDP and others who wish to find out to visit every single community in Ekiti State . They would find what I did with Ekiti money. There is no community in Ekiti today that you can visit , even the hamlets , that you would not find the footprints of Fayemi.
“ In every community , you would find schools and hospitals and community roads and markets that we built; you would find civic centres that we built . They are in all villages and towns in Ekiti . No fewer than 100 people benefited from the social security scheme that we provided . There are communities that received on the average N10 m for social security scheme on regular basis.
“ You will find those that we employed into the youth volunteer , Peace Corps, the teaching profession and many others . ”