Stop treating Ekiti people like beggars, APC tells Fayose


The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has berated Governor Ayodele Fayose for not fulfilling his electoral promises to Ekiti people, saying his stomach infrastructure slogan is a deceit to treat the electorate like beggars.

In a statement by APC State Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, the party said the governor has turned Ekiti people to beggars by giving them handouts in form of chickens not bigger in size than ailing pigeons. He said Ekiti people have now seen the deceit of a man who said he is a friend of the common man with his attitude to the people he claimed to love during the period the people are supposed to be happy. His words: “Governor Fayose gave two “congos” of rice and miserable palm oil not up to 1 litre, all totalling N700 to each worker that the governor had earlier deducted N2,000 from his salary for Christmas gift.

“This is in contrast to Governor Kayode Fayemi who empowered the people through agriculture, cooperative and employment and apprenticeship schemes involving over two thousand youths, which  helped the people to earn a living and made them happy for four years as against Fayose’s tokenism as Christmas gifts.”

Olatubosun said instead of Fayose building on these laudable schemes, he had cancelled all the programmes, rendering the youth jobless while he had also cancelled many promotions in the civil service and dismissed many workers for the offences they did not commit. “Fayemi last year paid civil servants 30% of their salary as Christmas bonus. He also paid their leave bonus while their December salary was paid on December 18. In contrast, Fayose has refused to pay civil servants their September salary even though he had collected September allocation from the Federal Government. Civil servants are yet to be paid as at December 22.  “Last year, apart from 30 per cent bonus and leave bonus, all offices in MDAS were given gifts but all these have gone under Fayose as workers are now praying for their September salary let alone December salary or Christmas or leave bonus.”

The APC spokesman said Fayose has worsened the conditions of Ekiti workers by making it plain that he had no money to pay December salary even though he had received December allocation, describing the governor’s action as “callous and insensitive”.