The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor Ayodele Fayose have traded accusations on Monday, February 10; over the poor condition of Akure-Ado-Ekiti Road.
On Wednesday, Fayose had lamented the poor state of the road.
The former governor said the interstate road linking Ondo State capital, Akure and its Ekiti State counterpart, Ado-Ekiti, has turned to a death trap.
Fayose further explained that the economy of Ondo and Ekiti states; as well as the well-being of the people of the two states is being neglected completely by the Federal Government.
He called on the Federal Government to fix the road, as motorists now avoid it.
However, in a rebuttal, the APC expressed surprise at Fayose’s utterances.
The party alleged the ex-governor during his first term; diverted the N400 million earmarked for the road project to his personal use.
Countering the allegations, the ex-governor described it as mischievous, spurious and a mere conjectural statement that lacked content of validity.
APC Publicity Secretary Ade Ajayi said the criticism was a “display of viciousness and ignorance.”
Ajayi alleged that Fayose deliberately chased away the contractors handling the project from site; asking him to give an explanation on how the fund meant for the road project was spent.
The ex-governor, through his media aide, Lere Olayinka, said the APC-led government should dissipate its energy on how to deliver dividends of democracy to the citizenry; instead of spreading a campaign of calumny against him.
Fayose, who challenged the ruling party to petition the Economic and Finance Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the alleged financial infraction; claimed that his administration constructed roads across the 16 local governments, “which the people are currently enjoying.”
“As per the allegation that somebody mismanaged funds; if they have any evidence that Fayose committed any financial infraction as governor, they should inform the EFCC.”