by Dare Lawal
Governor Ayo Fayose, the Ekiti governor, is not slowing down on his offensive against his predecessor, Kayode Fayemi. The new governor is determined to prove to Nigerians that the much liked and fancied Fayemi was not the squeaky clean technocrat which many perceived him to be, but “an insensitive and wicked leader.”
Leading the charge on behalf of the new governor is his special assistant on public communications and new media, Lere Olayinka.
Olayinka questioned why N3.3billion was spent on building the new Government House. According to the statement by Olayinka, ex-governor Fayemi was planning to buy a helicopter if he had returned to office for a second term.
“The plan was for Fayemi to run government from the comfort of Oke-Ayoba Government House and move from there to anywhere he wanted without the people seeing him. That’s also the reason he (Fayemi) refused to renovate the Governor’s Office, leaving it in a state of disrepair because he knew that he was not going to use the office during his second term.”
He said: “The bed on which Fayemi slept before he left government alone costs over N30 million! That of his wife costs over N20 million! Between Fayemi and his wife, what was spent on their bedrooms, toilets and bathrooms will be in the region of N100 million.
“How can a responsible government use borrowed fund to provide this kind of luxury for the governor and his family alone in a State where a lot of people cannot afford to feed once in a day? People should ask the outgone governor what was really wrong with the abandoned governor’s lodge used by his (Fayemi) predecessors?
“Also, was Fayemi living in that manner of opulence before he became governor? Was he sleeping on a body-massaging bed and bathing in an electric controlled Jacuzzi?
“Here is Fayemi, who could not pay workers salary, owing them two months’ salary before he left. A Fayemi, who out of sheer wickedness refused to pay pensioners N2.4bn pension and gratuities, N400m workers leave bonus, N700m subventions to parastatals and tertiary institutions and remit N2.4bn four months cooperative society’s deductions from workers salary, preferring to use over N3bn borrowed fund to provide luxury for himself, his wife and children alone. This is wickedness!” he said.
So what happens to the new Government House now? Fayose claims that if he had the choice he would not live in the new edifice “because it is a symbol of oppression in itself. He will prefer to live where Ekiti people can easily see him, touch him, eat with him and discuss the progress of the State together. But abandoning it would amount to colossal waste of public funds, let me assure you Governor Fayose will not hide himself from the masses.”