Fayose Accuses FG Of Hamstringing His Administration
The governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has accused the Federal Ministry of Finance withholding the state’s January federal allocation and the Budget Support Fund.
He said his criticism of the actions and inactions of the FG is the root cause of this persecution. This, according to the governor, is also the reason the EFCC is going after the state’s contractors thereby slowing down work on projects and painting his government in a bad light.
These disclosures were made while addressing journalists in state capital. He pointed to the finance ministry’s withdrawal of money after crediting the state’s account as an example of the FG’s campaign against his administration.
He, however, reiterated his commitment to providing able and “viral opposition” to the government as the “country is for everybody”. “Oppressing people with the instruments of office is not in line with the constitution,” the governor said.
He made reference to the actions of President Olusegun Obasanjo when he stopped the allocations due Lagos state over the local government issue and the subsequesnt fight put up by the government of Lagos till the funds were released.
Fayose said: “We contacted the honourable minister and all the directors at the Ministry of Finance, everybody is shying away from talking to us for the last 10 days now.
“It is important to note that the allocation and budget support from Abuja is our legitimate right. We have done the needful on our part and nobody from their end has queried the process. I don’t know why the average civil servant in Ekiti State should be made to suffer because of politics? It is not my salary, it is the salary of the Ekiti civil servants.
“Doing this in the name of politics and to destabilise this state is not in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He asked that the minister and other government officials not let themselves be used to subvert the constitution or against the people.