Vanguard (Lagos)

26 November 2012

Nigeria: S-West PDP Accuses Fayemi of Profligacy

Ado — The South-West Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of spending over N250 million belonging to the state on legal fees, protests and media campaign on the pending Supreme Court case challenging the Appeal Court judgement that made him governor.

The party, which backed up its claim with documents with which the governor approved N133 million on a flimsy agric project, said Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, should beam its searchlights on the state.

PDP Zonal Publicity Secretary, Hon. Kayode Babade, who made the allegation in a release issued yesterday, disclosed that Governor Fayemi approved the N133 million requested through the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Babajide Arowosafe on October 5, 2012, the same day the request was made.

"We are aware that N250 million was budgeted for the Supreme Court case. The fund is to be spent on legal fees, organising protests and rallies as well as media campaign.

"Already, we have evidence of how N133 million out of the N250 million was sourced from the State Treasury and we challenge Fayemi and his men to deny that the N133 million was actually meant for the purported agricultural project for which it was approved.

"In a letter from the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources dated October 12, 2012, the Ministry's Permanent Secretary said the N133 million should be sourced from Head 460-01 Sub-head 30 of the 2012 Revised Budget with a provision of N800 million. The letter was signed by one Anjorin A.J on behalf of the Permanent Secretary.

"We therefore wish to alert Ekiti people and the anti-corruption agencies to this brazen looting of Ekiti State treasury to prosecute a case that is personal to Governor Fayemi and his party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)," Babade said.

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