24 June 2016
Residents of Ekiti State took to the streets of the state capital, Ado-Ekiti on Friday to protest against the state governor, Ayodele Fayose.
The protest which was organised by a non-governmental organisation, Be The Change Organisation (BCO) had in participation labour unions, Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), artisans, market women, youth organisations and students.
The groups took to the streets condemning alleged looting of the state’s treasury by Governor Fayose.
The protesters gathered around 9 a.m. at Fajuyi Roundabout and moved towards Okesa, Ojumose carrying placards before terminating the rally at Okeyinmi Roundabout in the heart of the town.
Some of their placards read: “Fayose is a Disgrace to Ekiti People”, “Fayose Stole N750 million from Ado-Ifaki Road Account, Grids Associates, Fayose’s Conduit Pipe”, “We Don’t Want a Criminal as our Governor in Ekiti”, “Support Anti-Corruption Crusade, Probe Executive Looting in Ekiti”, “Fayose’s Wife is a Fake Prophetess, where is Ekiti’s N100 million”, “What Happened to Ekiti Airport Fund”, “Fayose Must Go”, “Access Bank is Aiding Fraud in Ekiti”, among others.
As the protesters moved, they distributed leaflets to commuters and passers-by detailing how the state treasury is being allegedly looted and the personalities and corporate organisations believed to be involved.
In the light of the allegations raised by the protesters, they called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to bring Fayose and all those who participated in the alleged looting of Ekiti State to justice.
The protesters also declared their support for the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reacting to the development, Fayose’s Spokesman, Lere Olayinka, said the protesters were misguided by the opposition All Progressives Congress in the state to take to the streets.
He said it was not true that Ekiti State could not pay workers salaries because Fayose was stealing from the treasury as alleged.
“Does it mean that in the 28 or so other states that have been finding it difficult to pay salaries, their governors stole from the treasury?” Olayinka queried.
“Rather than instigating workers, the APC should tell Ekiti State what they did with the bond they raised.
They said they were planting flowers, there is no flower in Ekiti State. They said they built a civic centre, the civic centre is there, uncompleted, so they should account for the money,” he said.