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I Never Took N720m As Terminal Benefits – Fayose

Posted: Jun 22, 2015 at 8:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, on Monday denied paying himself N750 million terminal benefit for his first term tenure as alleged by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Addressing residents of the state, to mark he first anniversary of his re-election, said only a heartless and wicked leader would pay such a huge sum to himself in the face of present economic hardships.

According to him, residents must be wary of the game plan of the opposition, which is to cause disaffection among them. He claimed that the apparent joblessness of Ekiti APC members was responsible for them fabricating lies.

He asked residents of the state, especially civil servants and pensioners, to always demand proof of evidence whenever such allegations are made against him.

“I am Ayo Fayose, your governor, who can never do that; since you have known me, you will observe that I have always been transparent and down-to-earth with you in all matters.

“Please be assured that I am not in a hurry to get rich through the back door as suggested by my detractors.

“Let us even to think of it whether it was logical for me to have been so selfish to pay such money into my private account; what sense does that make to a right-thinking person, when such money was almost enough to augment what we are looking for to pay the May salary to Ekiti workers?” Fayose said.

He assured the people of the state of his administration’s readiness to bring rapid development to the state despite the dwindling financial resources at hand.

Fayose said the address had become necessary in order for him to appreciate voters who trooped out on June 21 last year to vote for him.

Besides, he said he was humbled and challenged by the way and manner the people also came out in strong defence against various attempts that were made by the opposition to truncate his tenure through another impeachment and other means, saying its implication was that power resides with the people.

The governor’s broadcast came a the same time as residents of the 16 local government areas of the state rolled out the drums to celebrate the anniversary of Fayose’s election victory.

Those that came out to celebrate included artisans, politicians, government workers, transporters as well as commercial motorcyclists, with many of them singing the praise of the governor.