The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has challenged the governor-elect, Dr. Kayode
Fayemi to begin probe of his government now instead of waiting till October 16 that he will be sworn in.
The governor advised the governor-elect to seek legitimacy for his election first rather than embarking on a vendetta mission that would consume him.
Fayose through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said this in his reaction to Fayemi’s threat.
“It is obvious that he will be consumed in his vendetta mission and rather than grandstanding, Fayemi should first seek legitimacy for his stolen mandate,” he said.
“He (Fayemi) should stop living in the world where threat of probe scares people because we in the government of Fayose are not afraid of victimisation and vendetta that Fayemi is obviously coming with.”
Fayose described Fayemi as a beneficiary of a stolen mandate who is afraid to even come to the open to celebrate his false victory.
“Even yesterday (Wednesday) when he went to collect the certificate of the mandate that was snatched and handed to him by the powers that be in Abuja, he had to be protected by police helicopter and hundreds of armed policemen. One wonders how he is going to rule the people they forced him on.”
“If Fayemi is on vendetta mission, which is obvious that he is, he will first destroy himself because like Ekiti and its people survived him during his first tenure, the people will outlive him this time too.”
The Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Thursday in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said it would be irresponsible of him to return to power and fail to probe the administration of the incumbent Governor Ayo Fayose.
Fayemi who made this vow while answering questions from journalists at the State House after paying a courtesy visit on President Muhammadu Buhari, said probing Fayose would be in the interest of good governance.
Fayemi, who was the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared the winner of last Saturday’s election in Ekiti State by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
His threat to probe Fayose is however, an irony of sort as he was known to have ignored several invitations from the panel of inquiry constituted by Fayose, which probed his administration.
He was eventually found guilty of financial misconduct by the panel.
Following his indictment, a White Paper banning him from holding office in the state throughout his life time was issued.
The court has since quashed the recommendation of the panel of inquiry on the ground that Fayemi was not given a fair hearing.
But Fayemi, while threatening to probe Fayose and his deputy yesterday, said he would examine the expenditure of the outgoing government in the last four years.
“Well, l think we need to remove this election from personalities. This was an election that we fought on issues and it will be irresponsible on my part to come here and say that we will not examine what transpired in the last four years in the government.
“What was received in Ekiti State and the expenditures in that period? Why were we not able to pay salaries in the state? These issues should be examined in the interest of good governance. It is not about probing Fayose; probing Eleka. It is about not repeating the mistakes of the past and giving our people good government and how to do so will also involve looking at what transpired in the last four years,” he said.
He also said he would be returning to power four years after he lost to Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to put together a government that would look into the record of the state, its assets and liabilities.
He also said he would expect the outgoing government to cooperate with him in the transition process, adding that the incoming government would engage professionals to ensure the delivery of good governance to Ekiti people.