The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has reacted to Governor Kayode Fayemi’s decision to dismiss over 2,000 workers, describing it as an act of wickedness against humanity.
Backstory: Fayemi, on Wednesday, nullified all appointments made after the governorship election of July 2018 by his predecessor, Ayodele Fayose, describing the appointments as having violated due process.
In a statement on Thursday, the PDP’s state Publicity Secretary, Jackson Adebayo, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) government has proven to be an error in Ekiti.
The party said:
- “We want people to ask the government whether those they sacked didn’t purchase their application forms and got interviewed before their employment, or what other processes they didn’t pass through except the one the APC government in the state deliberately denied them.”
- “It’s on record that in the first regime of this same Governor Kayode Fayemi, plans were hatched to sack teachers and some workers which were vehemently resisted before he was booted out by vote in 2014.”
- “The sack of workers now is just the beginning of the actualization of his first term agenda, hence all Ekiti people should understand that the Armageddon government has arrived.”
Bottom Line: The PDP’s reaction is expected. In fact it may have been the party’s plan all along. For a state that was owing salaries and could not meet its commitment to civil servants, ex-Gov. Fayose’s decision to hire more civil servants at the tale end of his tenure was widely criticised as irresponsible and an attempt to plunge the incoming government into a crisis. Retaining them on the payroll was always going to be a tall order for the new administration, especially with the new minimum wage requirements.