$2b Loan: Ex-Lawmaker Faults Fayose’s Letter to China


Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti

A member of the Seventh House of Representatives, Hon Bamidele Faparusi has faulted the letter written to Chinese government by of Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, seeking to stop the $2 billion loan being sought by President Muhammadu Buhari to finance some projects in the 2016 budget.

Faparusi, who described the action as a serious act of treason against the nation said it marvels every Nigerian that Fayose could take his opposition against Buhari to that ridiculous extent all in the name of politics.

He however, urged all well-meaning Ekiti to advise the governor against dragging the name of Ekiti in the mud to advance his alleged vice presidential ambition in 2019.

The former federal lawmaker asked how would the governor had felt, if the All Progressives Congress had written similar letter to the Central Bank of Nigeria seeking the stoppage of N9.2 billion bailout given to Fayose’s government to pay worker’s salaries?

Faparusi, who said this in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Saturday in reaction to a letter written by Fayose and submitted at the Chinese Embassy in Abuja on Thursday, stated that Fayose’s action is gradually becoming more of personal animosity against President Buhari, than partisan politics.

The APC chieftain said for Fayose to have traveled to China at a time President Buhari was on a business trip that would benefit the nation to constitute a cog in the nation’s wheel of progress, further amplified how allegedly determined and desperate the governor had become about his rumoured Vice Presidential ambition.

“Aside from the fact that Fayose expended over N50 million of Ekiti money on his misadventure to China, he also committed another N10 million to send his Chief of Staff, Dipo Anisulowo and other ten government officials , including some lawmakers to Abuja to submit the letter at the Chinese Embassy .

“What does Fayose tends to lose if the Chinese government accedes to President Buhari’s request? President Buhari had revealed his intention to construct Calabar-Lagos and Lagos –Kano rail lines to boost the economy of the country. “