The opposition party in Ekiti state, the All Progressives Congress, has on Sunday, November 8, said Governor Ayodele Fayose had apparently turned himself into a master juggler in a dishonest public show following the latest debt claim disclosed during his media chat.
The party criticised the state governor alleging that he was confusing the people with “inconsistent debt figures”, Vanguard reports.
This was contained in a statement by the APC publicity secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun.
Governor Fayose had in his media chat, Meet Your Governor, on Friday, November 6, claimed that the state’s debt profile had plummeted to N252 billion which he said would be paid off in 2036.
Faulting the governor over the latest debt claim, the state’s opposition party re-echoed the very first sets of claims made by Governor Fayose shortly after his inauguration.
The governor had strongly affirmed that the state was owing N86 billion to be paid off in 2020, but later returned to put the figure again at N56 billion.
The opposition noted that all the figures churned out by Fayose contradicted the N18.5 billion released by the Debt Management Office (DMO) .
Warning that it was time the governor stopped deceiving the people of the state, the opposition said: “During his inauguration, Fayose said former Governor Kayode Fayemi left a debt of N86 billion.
“Later, he reduced it to N56billion and now he has announced another figure of N252 billion.
“These are attempts to deny the people real development while living in private comfort as planned.
“He has come out again with the debts that will be paid off in 2036 and we wonder if he will remain governor till then.”
The APC scribe noted that Fayose’s aim was definitely to deny former political office holders payment of severance allowances.
The statement read: “It is regrettable that the Fayose administration has turned Ekiti state to a trading post using reckless propaganda to deceive the people.
“This is to put them in a permanent state of flux so that they won’t be able to demand their rights.
“We want to make it clear that Fayemi left a debt of N18.5 billion as he explained during his ministerial screening session and this has not been controverted.
“It is gratifying that Fayemi did not borrow to pay salaries; he borrowed to implement development projects and the projects are there for the people to see.
“The governor must pay severance allowances to former political office holders.
“We call on workers to insist on the payment of their entitlements and the people should demand performance and should not be deceived by endless lies on the state’s debt profile.”
Meanwhile, Governor Fayose had over the weekend reacted to the decision of the Taraba state tribunal, which sacked Darius Ishaku from the seat as the governor, describing the development as a ridiculous political judgement that lacks common sense.