Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party Alleges That Recent Workers’ Verification Exercise Reveals How Former Governor Kayode Fayemi Diverted N4.1 Billion Entitlements Of Workers To All Progressives Congress.
Emmanuel Ani, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the recent workers’ verification exercise in the state has revealed how the administration of former Governor Kayode Fayemi diverted over N4 billion entitlements of workers to the All Progressives Congress (APC) through various means.
It said ghost workers detected during the exercise were among the methods used to perpetrate the fraud. In a statement by the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Jackson Adebayo, in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, the party claimed that some of the some of the civil servants who collaborated with the APC in the shady deal, and who claimed that they were short-changed, had exposed the deal. Adebayo said that the money involved in the fraud amounting to N2.1bn was withdrawn from the salary accounts of civil servants and moved to the APC secretariat for sharing from time to time in the four years that the APC government led by Fayemi lasted in Ekiti State.
The PDP spokesman also added that the missing deductions from workers’ salaries for the months of April, May, June July and August, 2014 running to about N1.8 billion was also traced to the APC secretariat, as information had it that it was packaged for the running of the party after Fayemi lost his re-election bid in June 2014. “We have it on good authority that the missing deductions from civil servants’ salaries for five months were gathered together immediately it dawned on the Fayemi-led government that there will not be funds to maintain the party after Fayemi’s exit on October 16, 2014 because the party would not have access to the money from the ghost workers again,” he said.
In the same vein, the PDP stated that a certain amount of money set aside for the payment of members of the National Youth Service Corps which was about N220 million was given to members of the state executive of the APC by Fayemi as a parting gift “It is just unfortunate that most of these facts are coming out now. Initially, we thought they were mere rumour; it is now clear that APC government deliberately robbed Ekiti workers of their entitlements in an unprecedented fraudulent manner that cannot even be imagined in a Banana Republic.