by Dare Lawal
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has just two weeks left as governor of the state having been defeated in the August governorship race. However some of his actions in the weeks since his loss has raised questions and caused the incoming governor, Ayo Fayose of the PDP, to question his motives.
First, the governor created 19 new local council development authorities (LCDA) and then he employed 3,000 workers despite the fact that the state has been having a hard time paying the salaries of workers.
Now, there is a new controversy.
Fayemi has appointed eight new permanent secretaries to fill existing vacancies with immediate effect. Fayose has kicked against the appointment, saying Fayemi was playing politics with issues that have serious consequences on the welfare of the state.
The chief press secretary to the governor-elect, Idowu Adelusi, released a statement on Thursday accusing Gov Fayemi of trying to put stumbling blocks on the way of the incoming administration.
The statement reads: “As much as we are not opposed to people progressing in their chosen careers, one finds the recent appointments questionable. The questions the people of the state should help ask Fayemi include which ministries the new permanent secretaries will be attached? Will two permanent secretaries man a ministry? Are there vacancies that the new permanent secretaries will fill?
“It is very ridiculous for Fayemi who has less than two weeks to leave office to appoint permanent secretaries for the incoming administration. It shows how evil the APC is.
“In the last four months, the outgoing government has created 19 new LCDAs, employed 3,000 workers without following due process and right now backlog of salaries of workers are yet to be paid and workers are currently on strike.
“It is evidence that Fayemi does not love Ekiti State. His activities are not statesmanlike and honourable. Nigerians should now know that his activities are to put stumbling blocks on the path of the incoming government.”