Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has called on the people of the state to join hands together and chase Governor Ayo Fayose and his protégé, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, out of the state at the July 14 governorship election.
Adeyeye accused Fayose of presiding over “the worst, unprecedented looting of Ekiti treasury in history” and scheming to install a stooge to continue having access to the treasury after his tenure might have ended.
He alleged that Fayose jerked up the contract of the Ado-Ekiti flyover from N5 billion to N17 billion to use the project to enrich himself and pauperize Ekiti masses.
The former Minister of State for Works revealed that latest information from the Debt Management Office (DMO), Abuja indicated that Fayose had borrowed N57 billion since coming back to power in October 2014.
Adeyeye, who spoke while featuring on a programme on Voice 89.9 FM, disclosed that the PDP national leadership offered him the privilege of nominating the deputy governorship candidate and a senatorial ticket for himself to keep him in the party.
The former minister quit the PDP earlier, accusing Fayose of intimidating delegates that voted at the Tuesday’s PDP governorship primary, which he lost to Olusola.
He vowed to contest the governorship election on the platform of another party to be unveiled before the May 15 close of window for the nomination of candidates as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Adeyeye explained that Fayose must not be allowed to produce a successor for Ekiti people to ask him questions on how he managed the treasury during his four-year stewardship.
He said: “We won’t allow Fayose to turn Ekiti into his private property, he is presiding over the worst unprecedented looting of Ekiti treasury in history.
“Fayose goes to Abuja every week with chartered flights which costs the state 14,000 dollars and he had spent N8 billion flying chartered planes in the last three-and-half years.
“He jerked up the cost of the Ado-Ekiti flyover project from N5 billion to N17.5 billion and you know what N17.5 billion can do in Ekiti. In Ado-Ekiti alone, he has acquired 44 new houses from the time he came to power till date, he will be made to account for them.”
On the Ekiti debt issue, Adeyeye said: “The last record from the Debt Management Office (DMO) is that Ekiti is owing over N57 billion. This debt is incurred by (Fayose’s) government and not previous governments.”
He added: “Fayose has no plan for Ekiti. What he wants is a situation where he will be extorting N10 million, N6 million from senatorial and House of Representatives aspirants.
“That was why he brought Olusola. All Ekiti people must join hands to chase Fayose out of Ekiti. No past governor in Ekiti has stolen one tenth of what Fayose has stolen.
“I am not surprised about what is a happening to us in Ekiti. Fayose once said it on Fresh FM (Ibadan) that his father told him Ekiti people would serve him till his death. I cannot be part of those who will serve a miscreant perpetually.”
“Abuja people have called me to nominate someone for the Deputy Governor while I go for Senate but I told them that it is not about me but collective interest of Ekiti people.
“Enough of this agony, enough of this slavery, enough of this stealing. It is a painful decision but I just have to take it because of the future of Ekiti.
“We have resolved to leave the party for a new platform and we know that victory is guaranteed by God’s grace. It is not going to be easy, it is not going to be convenient but we will get there.”
However, Fayose has said he was not willing to join issues with Prince Adeyeye.
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Fayose said if Adeyeye was sure of what he said he was educated enough to know where to go.
“I am not bothered by what he is saying because I am expecting that from him.
“Perhaps, he has forgotten that power and grace comes from God only and He gives it to whoever He want at any point in time.
“I cooperated with leadership of the party to ensure transparency and he, Adeyeye attested to credibility of the primary. No sitting governor will do what I have done.
“I won’t join issues with him. He knows where to take the allegations to for investigation. You that alleged must prove it,” he said.