Former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose
By Vincent Obia
Former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has pledged to ensure better working conditions for civil servants in the state if elected governor next year.
A statement released yesterday in Ado Ekiti by the Director of Publicity and Research, Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, accused the incumbent Action Congress of Nigeria government in the state under Governor Kayode Fayemi of extravagance and impoverishment of Ekiti workers. It said efficient management of the state’s resources would be the watchword of the Fayose administration and promised to improve the welfare of workers in the state.
Fayose, who was controversially removed as governor in 2006, described the Fayemi government as inhuman and prodigal, saying it has succeeded in impoverishing the workers by cancelling welfare packages that his administration had initiated.
The former governor also accused the incumbent of excessive and reckless borrowing.
“If my administration could put on ground the numerous infrastructure without borrowing a dime, I wonder why a repairer will need to borrow to repair just failing portions of the roads my administration constructed,” Fayose said. He, however, reiterated his call for a transparent primary to choose the candidate of his party, Peoples Democratic Party, ahead of next year’s governorship election in the state.
Describing the coming poll as a test for both the PDP and the proposed opposition merger, All Progressives Congress, which includes ACN, ahead of the general election of 2015, Fayose asked, “Have you ever seen a national football coach fielding weaklings for a FIFA-organised World Cup football competition?.
“What the party need is a formidable and popular candidate that can send out the ruling ACN government as it happened to the Alliance for Democracy (AD) government led by Niyi Adebayo in 2003.”