The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has said no amount of stolen money deployed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) will buy the votes of the people in the July 14 governorship election.
The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Jackson Adebayo, made this known on Thursday, while reacting to media report that Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi had boasted of providing N8 billion from his own pocket and the assurance of N20 billion from the Presidency to buy one vote at N20,000.
He said it was an insult on the people of Ekiti State for the same APC federal government that has not done anything for the State since it took power in 2015 to be considering the deployment of as much as N20 billion to buy votes.
The PDP spokesperson challenged Fayemi to point to one benefit Ekiti has derived from his position as minister in charge of solid minerals, adding that; “Even the solid minerals in Isan-Ekiti, his hometown, nothing has been done to it.”
Adebayo said; “If truly Fayemi boasted that he has N8 billion to spend from his personal pocket for the election, the question to ask him is, where did he get such money from? Does it mean that he wants to come and spend part the money he looted from Ekiti treasury when he was governor to buy the votes of Ekiti people?
“Then, if as reported, the Presidency can afford to be planning to spend N20 billion on Ekiti governorship election, the question to ask is; what has the APC federal government done for us in Ekiti since 2015?
“If not a show of contempt for Ekiti people, why not spend just half of the N20 billion on infrastructural development of Ekiti State? How mush will it cost to fix federal road like Ifaki – Ikole – Omuo?
“Can’t the federal government fix the road from the N20 billion they want to waste on the governorship election that they will lose?
“Whether or not Fayemi is interested in contesting the governorship election as candidate of APC and whoever the party chooses as its candidate is not our business. What concerns us is the waste of money obviously stolen from our state and fund that the federal government ought to have used for the development of the State on an election that the APC will ultimately lose.
“Our people are therefore implored to be on the lookout for the stolen money they are bringing from Abuja. When they bring the money, collect it and vote against APC as usual.”