Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said the cold war between his immediate predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was caused by his betrayal of the All Progressives Congress leader and others who helped him to power.
In a statement issued on Thursday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said it is because of the betrayal that Fayemi has been ostracised by Tinubu, who made him governor. "Today, Fayemi has been ostracised by those who assisted him to office because he has betrayed all of them, including Tinubu.
"Does he then want us to sustain the legacy of serial betrayal of his
benefactors?" asked Fayose.
Fayose was reacting to Fayemi ’s interview in some newspapers in which the former governor said "his legacy is being destroyed".
According to Fayose, Fayemi left no legacy worthy of retention. Fayose claimed his predecessor left over N86 billion debt incurred on projects with no direct bearing on the welfare of the people, the reason for his defeat at the poll.
"If he served Ekiti and its people well, why was it that he was roundly defeated in all the 16 local councils in the state in the 21 June, 2014 governorship election and his party was also defeated 16 to 0 in the presidential, National Assembly and House of Assembly elections?
"Even his own party men described his electoral defeat as the worst in Nigeria," said Fayose.
The governor, who said it was shameful that Fayemi, who left two months’ salary and four months cooperative and unions deductions from workers' salaries, as well as pensions and gratuities unpaid could be talking about his legacies being destroyed.
"When Fayemi became governor, he chose to close down two universities established by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, government of Segun Oni and abandoned the Oba Adejugbe General Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, claiming that the state could not fund more than one university.
"The same Fayemi, who said Ekiti had no money to fund more than one university preferred to take N25 billion bond to plant flowers that never germinated up till now and build a new governor’s lodge, civic centre, pavilion and execute other irrelevant projects. "Furniture alone, in the N3.3 billion governor’s lodge that he built for himself and his wife cost N604.9 million and Fayemi wants such legacy of profligacy to be sustained in Ekiti? "We are sorry to tell him that we won’t sustain such legacy of waste.
"Even vehicles bought for traditional rulers and political appointees, his government did not pay and uncompleted Oba Adejugbe General Hospital and State Pavilion were commissioned with fanfare.
"Today, Ekiti State is under the yoke of debt, courtesy of Fayemi’s mismanagement of the state resources and what we are destroying are those legacies of mis-governance he left behind.
"One bad news that we must however tell Fayemi is that we won’t only destroy his legacy of misgovernance and betrayal in Ekiti, we will also make sure that economic devourers like him will never taste power in the state," said Fayose.