Immediate past Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has said he never borrowed to run the state as he impacted the lives of the people.
Fayose who left office earlier this week is in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged graft.
His successor Kayode Fayemi had alleged that Fayose’s government left the state in debt.
But in a statement on Wednesday, his Chief Press Secretary Idowu Adelusi expressed surprise over Fayemi’s allegations.
“We are not surprised by what Governor Fayemi said because in the first instance going by Nigeria and the kind of politics being played, he cannot praise the good works of Fayose and besides that, as a new governor he must say something to impress the people no matter how ridiculous it may be,” the statement added.
”If Fayemi said the administration of Fayose is an error, then the road projects, the High Court Complex, the Adunni Olayinka Women Development Centre, the new Governor’s Office, the Ministry of Finance building, the flyover bridge, the construction of chalets and renovation buildings in the Government House, among others are errors.
” The old Governor’s Office used by Governor Fayemi during his first tenure was built by Fayose and now that providence has bestowed second term on his shoulder, he will operate from the new Governor’s Office also built by Fayose.
“Are these errors as well? We stand to be corrected that Fayose administration put in place 70 percent of the infrastructure in the state.”
The statement added that “Governor Fayemi also accused the Fayose administration of plunging the state into debt of N120 billion.
“I want to reiterate that former Governor Fayose did not borrow a dime to run the state.
“The debt which Fayemi is referring to are the loans which he took from the Capital Market and commercial banks.
“This debt was restructured by the Federal Government for easy payment. If Governor Fayemi is sure of what he is saying, let him bring out evidence or set up a probe panel. Governor Fayose is ready to appear before whichever panel.
“He said he would submit himself to the EFCC and he did that. No state can borrow without the approval of the Federal Ministry of Finance and Debt Management Office ( DMO).”