Fayemi de­clares for Ek­iti gu­ber race, de­nies em­bez­zling state funds

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, who was in Ek­iti

The Min­is­ter of Mines and Steel De­vel­op­ment, Dr. Kay­ode Fayemi, yes­ter­day de­clared his in­ten­tion to con­test the July 12, 2018 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in Ek­iti, say­ing he is vy­ing for the post for the sec­ond term to con­quer poverty and re­store dig­nity of the peo­ple.

Fayemi, who is the im­me­di­ate past gover­nor of the state used the rally held in Ado Ek­iti, to also dis­miss the white pa­per re­leased by the state gov­ern­ment, ac­cus­ing him of mis­man­ag­ing state funds.

“They have the white pa­per. We have the red card. Be­tween their white pa­per and our red card, we will know the one that’s most po­tent. Enough of as­sault, enough of in­sult, enough of bad gov­er­nance. We are run­ning on our record of an un­for­get­table four - year ad­min­is­tra­tion and on the record of our Pres­i­dent who has done well for Nige­ria”, he said.

The All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) gov­er­nor­ship hope­ful dis­closed that his gov­ern­ment took a loan of N25bn which was ex­pended on many in­fras­truc­tural projects, open­ing up many com­mu­ni­ties, towns and vil­lages across the 16 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of the state be­side sev­eral other projects that touched the lives of the peo­ple.

“I didn’t use the loan to pay salary. I didn’t mis­man­age or em­bez­zle the loan. The records are there for every­one to see”, he said.

He ac­cused Gover­nor Ay­o­dele Fayose of bor­row­ing N54bn to con­struct “a bridge to nowhere”.

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