Ekiti PDP accuses Fayemi of diverting N4bn

The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State has alleged that the recent workers’ verification exercise in the state has revealed how over N4bn entitlements of workers were diverted to the All Progressives Congress.

The party alleged that ghost workers detected during the exercise were among the approaches used to perpetrate the fraud by former Governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration.

In a statement by the state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Jackson Adebayo, in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, the party claimed that some of the civil servants who collaborated with the APC in the shady deal, and who claimed that they were short-changed, exposed the deal.

Adebayo said that the money involved in the fraud amounting to N2.1bn was withdrawn from the salary accounts of civil servants and moved to the APC secretariat for sharing from time to time in the four years that Fayemi governed the state.

The PDP spokesman also added that the missing deductions from workers’ salaries for the months of April, May, June July and August, 2014 running to about N1.8bn were also traced to the APC secretariat, as information had it that it was packaged for the running of the party after Fayemi lost his re-election bid in June 2014.

“We have it on good authority that the missing deductions from civil servants’ salaries for five months were gathered together immediately it dawned on the Fayemi-led government that there will not be funds to maintain the party after Fayemi’s exit on October 16, 2014 because the party would not have access to the money from the ghost workers again.”

The PDP also stated that a certain amount of money set aside for the payment of members of the National Youth Service Corps which was about N220m was given to members of the state executive of the APC by Fayemi as a parting gift.

However, Fayemi’s spokesman, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, described the allegations as cheap blackmail. Oyebode told one of our correspondents on the telephone that it was unfortunate that despite winning the election over a year ago, Fayose still had no plan for the people of Ekiti.

He said, “The PDP-led government in Ekiti State is a disaster and that is why in the absence of good governance in the state, all they do is to spread rumours and cook up stories to explain their ineptitude. Today makes it a year that Fayose won the governorship election.

“This government was inaugurated about eight months ago but you cannot point at anything reasonable that it has done as a government. All they do is make allegations against Fayemi without evidence.

“It is just another ranting of an inept government.”

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