The Ekiti State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, criticised Governor Ayodele Fayose for confusing the people with “inconsistent debt figures.”
The party faulted Fayose’s claim during his media chat, Meet Your Governor, last Friday that the state’s debt profile had risen to N252 billion to be paid off in 2036.
The APC recalled that Fayose, shortly after his inauguration, claimed that Ekiti was owing N86 billion to be paid off in 2020, only for him to put the figure again at N56 billion.
The opposition noted that all the figures churned out by Fayose contradicted the N18.5 billion released by the Debt Management Office (DMO) .
In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the APC said it was time the governor stopped deceiving the people.
With the latest debt claim, Olatunbosun said Fayose had turned himself into a master juggler in a dishonest public show.
“During his inauguration, Fayose said former Governor Kayode Fayemi left a debt of N86 billion.
“Later, he reduced it to N56billion and now he has announced another figure of N252 billion.
“These are attempts to deny the people real development while living in private comfort as planned.
“He has come out again with the debts that will be paid off in 2036 and we wonder if he will remain governor till then.
Olatunbosun said Fayose’s motive was to deny former political office holders payment of severance allowances.
“It is regrettable that the Fayose administration has turned Ekiti State to a trading post using reckless propaganda to deceive the people.
“This is to put them in a permanent state of flux so that they won’t be able to demand their rights.
“We want to make it clear that Fayemi left a debt of N18.5 billion as he explained during his ministerial screening session and this has not been controverted.
“It is gratifying that Fayemi did not borrow to pay salaries; he borrowed to implement development projects and the projects are there for the people to see,” he said.
“The governor must pay severance allowances to former political office holders.
“We call on workers to insist on the payment of their entitlements and the people should demand performance and should not be deceived by endless lies on the state’s debt profile,” said Olatunbosun.