Ekiti Government Blames PDP for Delay In Workers Salary

The Ekiti State Government has blamed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ekiti State for the delay in payment of August salaries to workers.

The state government in a statement issued on Sunday explained that this was the first time that workers salary has been delayed in almost four years of the Governor Kayode Fayemi administration, noting that this has been due to the non-availability of the overdraft facility normally issued to the state by banks.

The statement explained that the state government was unable to raise the overdraft due to what it described as spurious allegations being made by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Dipo Anisulowo, chairman of the transition committee put in place by Ayodele Fayose, the Governor-elect.

The state government described recent comments attributed to Anisulowo and the PDP, as highly irresponsible and infantile.

The media have been awash in the last two weeks with allegations of shady deals leveled against the incumbent administration. The allegations ranged from last minutes recruitment of workers, to panicky withdrawal of funds, among others.

The state government, however, said in a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday that no responsible party or transition committee would make such malicious allegations against the incumbent administration, especially when such claims are unfounded.

The statement, which was signed by Yinka Oyebode, Chief Press Secretary to the Ekiti State governor said, Fayemi’s administration has ran the affairs of the state in the last four years with utmost regards for accountability and fiscal responsibility laws.

“Having built a reputation of service and integrity over the years, nothing, not even a controversial loss in an election, would make us go back on this path of honour. Neither are we going to succumb to cheap and infantile blackmail,” the statement added.

According to the statement, “If Fayose and his team believe that indeed many of these allegations have any iota of truth in them, one would have expected that a team that espouses a commitment to cooperation and reconciliation would have made an effort to seek further clarification on the many destructive allegations before rushing to the press if this was not a calculated agenda to malign and manipulate public opinion. 
“We dare say that their lies will not change anything. The tenure of this administration ends on October 15th, 2014 and the incoming government would be inaugurated on the 16th of October. Therefore, we, as a responsible government, owe it a duty to continue to provide purposeful leadership for the people of our dear state.”

The government maintained that the PDP’s attitude of making false claims and raising false alarms is an immature approach to the transition arrangement, a development, which it said, has put the incoming government on a faulty start as people are now raising serious questions about its credibility.

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