The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose , has raised the alarm that his predecessor , Dr . Kayode Fayemi, and the All Progressives Congress are frustrating his efforts to pay workers ’ salary arrears .
The governor accused the Federal Government of stopping payment due to the state as refund on road projects .
Fayose at a press conference in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday said the action was based on a suit filed by Fayemi through his former Commissioner for Finance , Dapo Kolawole.
He said he had planned to use the refund to pay the outstanding salaries of Ekiti civil servants , adding that it was the hope that the money would soon be paid that made him to constantly assure the workers that he would not leave the office a debtor on October 16 .
Fayose said , “ It is with heavy heart and deep sense of responsibility that I address you today on the latest display of deep seated hatred against Ekiti State and its people by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress , especially the Minister of Mines and Steel Development , Dr . Kayode Fayemi.
“ When I said that I won’ t leave office as a debtor of salary, I was sure that the over N12 bn owed the state by the Federal Government on construction and rehabilitation of federal roads will be paid this month.
“ However, I ’ m shocked that in their usual characteristics of working against every effort to alleviate the sufferings of the people , Dr . Fayemi through his Commissioner for Finance , Dapo Kolawole , went to court in Abeokuta seeking an order that the N11 bn refund should not be paid to my administration .
“ Because of this court action , the refund that should have been made this month is said to have been stopped . ”
According to him , the latest onslaught was aimed at destabilising the state government ahead of the July governorship election.
But reacting , Kolawole denied that he and Fayemi were blocking money due to the state .
He accused the governor of only trying to blackmail them to score cheap political point.
He said , “ As to whether he will pay workers , all the money he has been earning before , was he paying workers ? All the bailouts , budget support , monthly allocations , was he paying workers ? Ask him .
“ I have gone to court to defend my name . He has received money more than Fayemi. Have you ever heard from him that the Federal Government owes the state before ? Which salaries , the money they have been giving him in the past , can ’ t he pay salaries?”