Contrary to reports from the Ekiti Justice Group (EJG) that the former Ekiti Sfirst Lady, Mrs Bisi Fayemi donated drugs meant for the state to support the campaign of the All Progressive Congress presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.
Mrs Fayemi has denied the allegations, calling them false.
This was disclosed in a statement from the chief Press Secretary to Dr Kayode Fayemi, Olayinka Oyebode on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 which claims that governor Fayose’s aides are behind the allegations.
The statement reads:
The attention of the Wife of the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi has been drawn to an allegation by a faceless group, operating under the unregistered name : Ekiti Justice Group (EJG) – that she donated drugs worth N57.34m to the campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.
The so-called EJG claimed among other things that the purported drugs was sourced from a European Donor Agency last year August for Ekiti Free Health Mission, but was diverted for the APC campaign in January, 2015.
Ordinarily, it wouldn’t have been necessary to dignify the spurious allegations of the group with a response coming on the heels of an earlier false claim about the Governor’s so-called donation to the Buhari campaign. However, for the sake of the general public and gullible readers who might have been deceived into believing the malicious publication, it is important to state as follows:
That the allegations are baseless and shamelessly concocted by the propaganda arm of the PDP- led government in the state to tarnish the good image of the former administration in the state.
That on no occasion did any European Donor Agency supply any drugs to the Ekiti Free Health Mission. Neither did any agency donate any drugs to Ekiti Health Mission throughout Dr Fayemi’s tenure in office;
That on no occasion did Mrs Fayemi donate drugs to the APC Campaign. Even while her husband served as the Chief Executive of the state, Mrs Fayemi was not directly involved in the Free Health Mission programme.
That Mrs Fayemi has over the past three decades been involved in gender and youth development programmes locally and globally, and has continued to identify publicly with any positive actions towards this. Hence she has no reason to deny her contributions to a good cause such as donation of drugs to the needy in the society if she actually did.
Members of the society are therefore enjoined to disregard the allegations, which are blatant lies issued on a daily basis by the government of Mr Ayodele Fayose, through the office of his Special Assistant on (mis)Information with the intent to divert attention from the government’s ineptitude, corruption and directionlessness.
Investigations have shown that the EJG exists only at the Information Unit of the Governor’s Office and that the aides of the Governor are the officials of the faceless group using different pseudonyms.
These aides of the Governor are the same people that came up with the lies that former Governor Fayemi made a donation of N1.5b to the APC Presidential campaign. They also went ahead to circulate leaflets containing that malicious allegations to civil servants during a meeting called by Governor Fayose with the workers in Ado-Ekiti, last week. They are also the same people behind the scurrilous Al-Hikmah advert campaigns in the newspapers.
Those who unwittingly or deliberately help Mr Fayose spread this falsehood should know that appropriate legal steps are being taken against such libelous publications. Dr Fayemi is always ready to clarify any issue in relation to his time in office should such clarification be necessary.
Only a discredited government like we currently have in Ekiti State would elevate falsehood to a state policy, all in the bid to mislead the people and cover up the misdeeds of the administration.