The outgoing governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said he is leaving behind the sum of N327 million in bank for the incoming administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
He, however, said the money should be used to complete the new Oja-Oba market for the use of Ekiti traders.
Fayose also declined to attend the inauguration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi on October 16 because the day coincides with the day he is to appear at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the “erratic nature of politicians”.
Fayose, who promised not to dabble into the leadership changes in the state House of Assembly, also advised that whoever emerges Speaker in the Assembly should work for the progress of the state.
Fayemi had on Wednesday disclosed that Fayose is specially being expected at his swearing-in on Tuesday, saying he is free to attend the ceremony as an Ekiti leader.
Fayose while giving his valedictory press conference in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, 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 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 in EFCC office in Abuja on Tuesday. But let me say clearly that I am ready to appear before any Panel set up by incoming government to probe my administration”, he said.
He also denied insinuation that he had committed Ekiti to any debt, either by way of bond or bank loans since he took over in 2014.
The governor added that he decided to abandon the civic centre project started by Fayemi and constructed a new market because it was not a priority to the people of the state.
Fayose said the newly built Ministry of Finance shall be named after former Minister of National Planning, Chief Ayo Ogunlade to appreciate his contributions to the state.
The governor said he decided not to name any project after himself on the basis of his belief that such was 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 also said he would not interfere in the crisis rocking the assembly culminating in the removal of the Speaker, Hon Kola Oluwawole and his deputy, Sina Animasaun on Thursday.
Three All Progressives Congress (APC) and 11 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday removed the principal officers and installed an APC lawmaker, Hon Adeniran Alagbada, as the new Speaker.
Fayose said: “I won’t dabble into what is happening in the assembly. Whether they elect Oluwawole or Alagbada, such person must believe that he was elected to serve Ekiti people.
“I enjoin them to cooperate with Fayemi to move Ekiti forward. I don’t want to hear of any impeachment against Fayemi, if truly we are here to serve”, he advised.
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