The Ekiti State chapter State of the All Progressives Congress(APC), has threatened to drag former Governor Ayodele Fayose to court if he fails to explain the whereabouts of N400 million earmarked for the construction of Ado-Akure Road in 2014. It also called on Fayose to explain to the people of the state why it terminated the contract awarded to KOPEC construction company in 2014 for the reconstruction of Ekiti portion of the road.
In a swift reaction, Fayose accused the party of constituting itself into a court of law and anti-graft agency, urging it to petition the EFCC if it has evidence against him. Fayose, who had last week expressed concern over the deplorable state of the road, which, according to him has become a death trap to commuters, called on the federal government to pay attention to the road which has become a major link with the neighbouring Ondo State.
Addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, the APC State Publicity Secretary, Hon. Ade Ajayi, said: “The APC as a responsible and patriotic party will drag the former governor to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission if he fails to give a satisfactory explanation about the money”.
Ajayi said it was sad that the former governor could make indicting comment about the road, despite knowing that he was allegedly instrumental to its deplorable state, urging the former governor to rather “shut up if he could not explain the whereabouts of the money”.
He added further: “We are not accusing the former governor Fayose of embezzlement, but he must explain why he terminated Ado- Akure road contract. The public wants to know whether he terminated that contract for Afao road because the Ado-Akure road is very germane to our economy in Ekiti.
“The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Federal government, had shown interest to reconstruct the road. Why was the former governor now lamenting? We were able to decode that he had ulterior motive , which was to dent the image of the governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
“When we asked him about how he spent the money, he dodged the question and we were baffled because we expected him to say the truth. All Ekiti and members of the public knew that Fayose was responsible for the bad state of the road by revoking the contract after the contractor had mobilised to site.
“Why would a person who was responsible for the deplorable state of the road should now be lamenting? He should tell us where the money went rather than lamenting. Our people must be careful with the politics he was playing”, he said.