Governor Ayo Fayose and the Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have disagreed on his performance in office in the last one year.
Fayose, who assumed office on October 16, 2014 maintained that his performance has been “satisfactory”.
The APC, however, had a different perception of Fayose’s first year in office, saying it has been nothing but the “celebration of reversal of fortunes” for the people.
Speaking in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital yesterday, Fayose insisted that he had done creditably well in office, despite the state’s financial challenges.
“I have said that I will leave no project uncompleted during my four–year term. It is my duty to ensure that all Ekiti residents enjoy the dividends of democracy.
“Though, we have paucity of funds and within the little resources we have, I think I have satisfied my conscience and done creditably well”, the governor said.
Speaking earlier on a radio programme, he said: “Amid these challenges, we are not doing badly, it has been tough, we have been financially handicapped and we had security challenges.
“It has not been easy but God is with me. With the new bailout received, Ekiti debt now extends to 2036.
“I want to say that administrations that will come after should not commit the state to debts they cannot offset.
“When I left office the last time, I left N10.4 billion, and I inaugurated many projects.
“But despite these financially challenges, I have been able to inaugurate many projects with many others also ongoing.
“We have done our best within the scope of limited resources available to us”.
But the APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a statement, said: “The experience of Ekiti people in the last one year had shown clearly that there is nothing to celebrate in terms of achievements”.
Accusing Fayose of running a one-man government without regard to the law, the APC spokesman cited the new unbudgeted airport project that had led to the death of an oil palm farmer.
Olatunbosun also alleged that there was no segment of the society that the governor has not visited with pains and anguish.
He added: “Thousands of young men engaged by former Governor Kayode Fayemi have lost their jobs, promotions for civil servants and teachers by Fayemi have been cancelled and statutory allowances to civil servants have been reduced while allowances to traditional rulers were cut by 40 per cent.
“The asphalt overlay at Fayose Market he inaugurated is an MDG project paid for by the Fayemi administration.
“The asphalt plant he ‘inaugurated’ was bought and paid for by the Fayemi administration.
“Fayose only received the equipment when they were shipped into Nigeria.
“The Matthew Street road is the joke of the century as Fayose only fixed the culvert and graded some portions of the road, which he inaugurated as a project”.
“This is nothing short of taking Ekiti people for a ride. It is chicanery of the highest form”, Ekiti APC insisted.