Ekiti Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday called on Gov. Ayodele Fayose to refrain from actions capable of plunging the state into further financial crisis through illegal appropriation of public funds.
The governor-elect, in a statement issued by the Media Director of his campaign organisation, Wole Olujujobi, warned that the consequences of illegal appropriation of public funds would be very grave for individuals who participated in any illegal act to defraud the state.
He warned that participants in such illegal acts would be called upon to account for their actions when the new government takes effect on Oct. 16.
Fayemi further queried the rationale for the N10 billion supplementary budget barely a month to the handover date.
The statement read: “The media report alleging that Fayose coerced the Ministry of Budget officials to make a demand backdated to Aug. 23, 2018 for a supplementary budget of N10billion a few days to the end of his administration is fraudulent and not in the interest of the state.
“The governor’s covering note also backdated to Aug. 30, 2018, for the legitimacy of such request was equally done with a fraudulent intention.
”It is worrisome that the alleged supplementary budget was presented to the Assembly Clerk for immediate approval without presenting it to Assembly members at the plenary to go through all parliamentary procedures in budget processing.
“The latest development today, after the plot leaked on this fraudulent conduct, is that the budget is now before the House for a hush-hush debate for immediate approval.
“We have warned government officials and Ekiti people in general against participating in illegal acts by the governor and this fraudulent supplementary budget is not an exception
“The incoming administration has a responsibility and commitment to the protection of Ekiti people from abuse by political leadership.
“This is our pact with Ekiti people and we will never shirk from this responsibility to ensure accountability and good governance for our people.”