I’m leav­ing N327m for Fayemi to com­plete Oja Oba mar­ket – Fayose

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

The out­go­ing gov­er­nor of Ek­iti State, Mr Ay­o­dele Fayose, has said he is leav­ing the sum of N327 mil­lion in the bank for the in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion of Dr Kay­ode Fayemi, with em­pha­sis that the money should be used to com­plete the new Oja Oba mar­ket for the use of Ek­iti traders.

Fayose has al­ready in­di­cated he wouldn’t be able to at­tend the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Dr Fayemi on Oc­to­ber 16 as the new gov­er­nor be­cause the day co­in­cides with when he would be ap­pear­ing at the of­fice of the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC).

Fayose, who yes­ter­day promised not to dab­ble into the rag­ing lead­er­ship changes in the state House of Assem­bly, ad­vised that who­ever emerges Speaker in the Assem­bly should work for the progress of the state.

Fayemi had on Wed­nes­day dis­closed that Fayose was spe­cially be­ing ex­pected at his swear­ing-in next Tues­day, say­ing the out­go­ing gov­er­nor was free to at­tend the cer­e­mony as an Ek­iti leader.

Fayose, giv­ing his vale­dic­tory press con­fer­ence in Ado Ek­iti yes­ter­day, said the EFCC may have the op­por­tu­nity of ha­rass­ing him if he re­neged on his prom­ise to ap­pear be­fore it next Tues­day.

He said, “Politi­cians are er­ratic peo­ple. If I should at­tend the pro­gramme, some politi­cians may use the chance to ha­rass me even when they are not sent by Fayemi.

“This will fur­ther de­stroy our re­la­tion­ship. Is­sues be­tween me and Fayemi are not per­sonal. I have been co­op­er­at­ing with the com­mit­tee set up by Fayemi on this tran­si­tion. Again, I have to be at the EFCC of­fice in Abuja on Tues­day. But let me say clearly that I am ready to ap­pear be­fore any panel set up by the in­com­ing gov­ern­ment to probe my ad­min­is­tra­tion,” he said.

He also de­nied the in­sin­u­a­tion that he had com­mit­ted Ek­iti State to any debt, either by way of bond or bank loans, since he took over as gov­er­nor in 2014.

The gov­er­nor added that he de­cided to aban­don the civic cen­tre project started by Fayemi and con­struct a new mar­ket be­cause he didn’t deem it a pri­or­ity to the peo­ple of the state.

The gov­er­nor also said he de­cided not to name any project after him­self on the ba­sis of his be­lief that do­ing such a thing would be morally wrong.

“The fly­over, the new gov­er­nor’s of­fice, the roads, the Oja Oba mar­ket, the Fun­mi­layo Olayinka Women De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre and other projects will speak for me even if I refuse to name projects after my­self,” he said.

Photo: NAN

A driver (sit­ting on the ground) who al­legedly ab­sconded with his em­ployer’s SUV ve­hi­cle and goods, watches as the Oyo State Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Mr Abio­dun Odude, re­turns the ve­hi­cle keys to its owner (Mr Michael) in Ibadan on Wed­nes­day

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