An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Ekiti State, Dr. Olusegun Osinkolu, has declared that the incoming government of Dr. Kayode Fayemi won’t make probing the outgoing governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, its priority as is being envisaged.
In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, Osinkolu said although Fayemi would look into financial books of the state under the PDP-led government, he won’t be vindictive as is being suggested in some quarters.
He spoke in response to a statement credited to the Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications, Lere Olayinka, where he alleged that Fayemi specifically sought reelection in the July 14 poll to afford him the opportunity to extract vengeance from Fayose.
The senatorial aspirant stated that the main focus of the incoming APC government is to fight poverty and restore the already debased dignity and honour for which the state was widely respected.
He said Fayose is a non-issue to an average APC person, including Fayemi, adding that the issue of the present Governor can’t take preeminence over the corporate interest of Ekiti masses when the next government assumes office.
Osinkolu said, “Dr. Fayemi was in government for four years and all the 133 towns and villages in the state felt democratic dividends under that government.
“If you check your records, Fayose had been victimizing Fayemi in the last one year. In fact, he took Dr Fayemi’s probe as one cardinal point that must be accomplished at all cost. The governor concocted so many lies to smear the image of the former Minister in a bid to stop his governorship ambition , but all these antics failed.
“If you look at the slogan of our party prior to the last election, it was chiefly anchored on Reclaiming Our Land, Restoring our values. So, this is going to be the focal point of our government.
“The 8-point agenda already initiated to be our policy guidelines was loaded and this will take more of our times in a bid to ensure that Ekiti savour the gains of democracy they have been deprived under Fayose.
“But let me say that APC as a party of progressives won’t subscribe to looting of public treasury under any guise. It won’t tolerate pilfering of the state’s commonwealth . So, we are going to look into the financial records of Fayose’s government and whoever found to have looted will be made to face the wrath of the law.
“But let me state expressly that probing Governor Fayose won’t come in a vindictive fashion but in accordance to the rule of law. We won’t behave the way he had done to our party, because we are coming to government to serve the people and not to victimize anybody,” he said.
Osinkolu appealed to the Senator Olubunmi Adetumbi-led APC transition committee to be thorough to be able to prepare grounds on how Fayemi can have a smooth take off when he assumes office on October 16.
He urged the 32-man committee to relate well with all stakeholders, including the government of the day, in a bid to get the full gist of what actually transpired under the present administration in Ekiti.