The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has
urged Governor Ayodele Fayose to declare his assets.
Publicity Secretary of the opposition party, Taiwo
Olatunbosun, in a statement said that the call became
imperative against the background of earlier calls for the
governor to declare his assets, failure of which had
fueled speculations that state resources were allegedly
being channeled towards private enterprises outside the
state by the governor.
“The governor must seize the opportunity of declaring his
assets to douse speculations of his alleged funneling of
the state resources to his private enterprises abroad,”
“It is curious that he has not abused President
Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
after they declared their assets. Fayose’s loud silence on
the President in this case is curious because the governor
has never seen anything good in whatever the President
does,” Olatunbosun said.
Speaking further, he expressed his party’s concern about
allegations of diversion of public funds by the governor.
“We are worried by the unconfirmed reports of primitive
acquisitions by the governor who allegedly own properties
in Ghana, Dubai, South Africa, Abuja, Ibadan and
Banana Islands and Magodo in Lagos which were
believed to have been acquired in the last nine months
after he assumed office,” Olatunbosun said.
“Our party is aware that Fayose had no visible means of
income prior to October 16, 2014 when he became
governor and the properties he owned in Ibadan and
Lagos are subjects of litigation by the EFCC, which is
probing the governor for misappropriation and diversion
of N1.3b poultry project cash to personal use in 2005.”
The APC scribe said Fayose’s frequent trips to Dubai
and South Africa “whenever he receives Ekiti State’s
allocations from Abuja”, lays credence to the allegations
“Fayose is alleged to be building a state-of-the-art
hotel in Dubai after he became Ekiti governor and after
he is also reported to have paid a whopping N722 million
to himself as “arrears of his allowances” as governor
during his first term on the strength of the Supreme
Court judgment which nullified his impeachment.
“Curiously too, Fayose has kept mute on various sums of
money he has received on behalf of the state government,
such as the N22 billion refund on Federal roads,
N2billion ecological fund, N2billion micro credit fund,
which he has diverted, N2.1 billion bail out NLNG fund,
N9.6 billion bail out cash, N8.5 billion windfall received
in June and an average of N3billion regular federal
allocations he has been receiving since October 2014 till
The APC spokesman said Ekiti people would be interested
in the governor’s public declaration of his assets.
“It would be recalled that in his former declaration of
assets in 2003, the governor allegedly swore to an oath
declaring two barren lands in a thick forest as two
completed mansions in Ibadan, the properties the EFCC
later confirmed as properties built with the alleged
proceeds of the fraudulent poultry project four years
after he became the governor,” Olatunbosun explained.
Further airing the APC’s concerns, the publicity
secretary said: “The recent appointment by Fayose of a
72 year old illiterate as a council boss and many others
of his yes-men in other Council areas has fuelled our
suspicion that he has successfully converted the resources
of Local governments to his personal use without being
accountable to anyone. It has thus become a matter of
necessity for Mr. Fayose to declare his assets.”
The APC urged the governor to follow President Buhari’s
footstep, failing which the party might be forced to take
legal action to compel him to declare his assets.
“We will stop at nothing to make sure that Fayose
declares his assets openly so that we could remind him if
he leaves any of his assets undeclared,” Olatunbosun