The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has cautioned the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose against using the money allegedly given to his state by the Rivers State counterpart, Chief Nyesom Wike, for payment of salaries.
The party gave the warning while describing as “dubious and unacceptable” the alleged siphoning of funds of Rivers State by Wike to assist Fayose in paying off his state civil servants’ six months salaries.
In a statement issued by Chairman of the party in the state, Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, APC accused Fayose of sharing the funds to his “lackeys, court jesters and political jobbers.”
The statement reads in part, “We maintain that as much as we care for the plight of the Ekiti State workers, but to use Rivers State funds to pay their salaries while our own Governor Nyesom Wike has refused to pay several months of salaries and pension owed our civil servants and pensioners is robbing Peter in order to pay Paul.
“We note with sadness that instead of Governor Fayose using the said fund to pay the civil servants salaries as pleaded for during his last visit to Rivers State to commission some of the projects already commissioned by Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi during his tenure as the Governor of Rivers State, he is busy sharing the funds to his lackeys, court jesters and political jobbers. This act and strategy is not only devious, diabolical but immoral to the highest order and unacceptable to us as a political party.
“We are at a loss that Fayose who has been complaining of paucity of funds now has turned to “Santa Claus” distributing cash, rice, chicken in large sizes and other gifts to some selected Teachers, civil servant, traders to woo them to vote for his anointed candidate forgotten that these teachers have been asking and pleading to some of the Elders in the state, to help them beg Fayose to save them from starvation by paying their over six months salaries.
“We plead with the people of Ekiti not to be deceived by Fayose as the Rivers State’s money he is misusing will be repaid immediately he leaves office no matter the odds. Ekiti people should refuse to fail for the antics and pranks of Fayose and instead vote in Fayemi who has proven to be capable to take Ekiti to the new height expected of such a great State.
“We should not forget that Fayose employed similar strategy during the 2014 general election to deceive our people and only succeeded to plunge the State into its present unfortunate state.”