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Ekiti: Fayemi faults Fayose on N10bn supplementary budget request

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Ekiti: Fayemi faults Fayose on N10bn supplementary budget request

Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has cautioned Governor Ayodele Fayose against requesting for N10bn supplementary budget few days to the expiration of his tenure, describing such demand as not only fraudulent but criminal coming in the twilight of the governor’s administration.

Fayemi alleged that Fayose and his allies had collaborated with the officials of the Ministry of Budget and Ekiti State House of Assembly, and were secretly working on the demand.

The former minister warned that the consequences of illegal appropriation of public funds would be very grave for individuals who participate in any illegal act to defraud the state.

He advised the ministry officials and Assembly members against being used for illegal appropriation of public funds, warning that participants in such illegal activity would be called upon to account for their actions when the new administration takes effect next month to protect Ekiti people from leadership abuse.

Fayose was alleged to have made the request through the Clerk of the Assembly, Mr. Tola Esan last week, where it was gathered that the Speaker, Hon. Kola Oluwawole and 22 other lawmakers were clandestinely working on the actualization of the demand.
Fayemi gave a warning in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, through a statement by his Director of Media and Publicity, Wole Olujobi.

“The media report alleging that Fayose coerced the Ministry of Budget officials to make a demand backdated to August 23, 2018 for a supplementary budget of N10bn a few days to the end of his administration was fraudulent and not in the interest of the state.
“The governor’s covering note also backdated to August 30, 2018 for the legitimacy of such request was equally done with fraudulent intention.

“Just yesterday (Tuesday), according to media reports, the same supplementary budget was presented to the Assembly Clerk for immediate approval without presenting it to Assembly members at the plenary to go through all parliamentary procedures in budget processing.
“The latest development today after the plot leaked on this fraudulent conduct was that the budget was now before the House for a hush-hush debate for immediate approval,” the statement explained.

Meanwhile, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has also condemned the move by the governor, saying that the present administration in the state was insensitive to the plight and suffering of the masses in Ekiti State, comprising of workers, pensioners, artisans, and the general public.

The party, through its Publicity Secretary, Rt Hon Taiwo Olatunbosun, questioned the rationale behind Fayose’s request for the approval of N10 billion extra budget by his rubber-stamped House of Assembly, less than one month to the expiration of his tenure. This will certainly be at the expense of the welfare of the pensioners and workers, who he would abandoned in a state of penury and frustration due to months of unpaid salaries.
“Fayose and his cronies are recklessly looting the state treasury and they are smiling home with billions of naira at the expense of Ekiti tax payers.”



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