The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have accused Governor Ayo Fayose of awarding a N200 million contract for the repainting of the Governor’s Office to his “blood brother”.
The accusation was made via a press statement signed by Taiwo Olatunbosun and dated Sunday, November 16, 2014 in which the party also accused the Governor of awarding a contract to put marble in front of the Government House and relaying asphalt on the already asphalted road leading to the Governor’s Lodge.
The statement read in parts: “To add salt to injury, artisans working on the marble are all imported from Ibadan, when many Ekiti artisans could do the job. This a man who claims to be a friend of the masses. He is repainting the Governor’s Office, awarded by direct labour at the cost of N200m awarded to his blood brother.
“He told the Permanent Secretary, General Administration Department and Head of Service to find alternative entrance for civil servants, who work within the Governor’s office building because he doesn’t want to be meeting the ‘evil servants’ while coming in at the main entrance.
“This has been effected as civil servants in the Governor’s office now pass through the back to their offices. Yet this is the class of people he professed to be their friend before the election and he has also cancelled the appointment of eight permanent secretaries that were legally appointed after passing necessary examinations according to the service rules.”
Reacting to the allegations, Governor Fayose who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, denied the claims by the APC, stating that the contract was awarded to an indigenous firm whose owner was not a brother to the governor.
He said: “We are not like APC that pauperised the people for the four years. All the contractors handling the job including the marble are from Ekiti. They are, however, free to source their materials from anywhere in and outside Ekiti,”