👤 By Adenike Lucas
A former minister of Solid Mineral Kayode Fayemi was sworn in today as the Governor of Ekiti.
Mr Fayemi, 53, a former Governor of the State between 2010 and 2014, promised to provide accountability in governance, as his predecessor made his way to the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
He said: “As much as today marks the beginning of a new phase in our history as a people, it also signals the end of an era, or more appropriately, the end of an error. Without a doubt, Ekiti has been through a terrible wilderness experience within the last four years.
“Our reputation as a people has been soiled and we have become the pot of jokes due to the ineptitude, loquacious ignorance and ravenous corruption masquerading as governance in our state during the last administration.
“As we assume office, it is our duty, and we will live up to it, to ensure we thoroughly review, document, and widely disseminate the present state of affairs so that all and sundry can know what has become of our commonwealth.
“Independently verifiable preliminary findings indicate that we have been plunged into a debt abyss of over N170bn, with commitments to innumerable white elephants, an average of eight months’ salaries owed across government entities, and many state assets unaccounted for.”
“We will ensure that within 100 days from today, Ekiti Kete will know the true position of things, in keeping with our ethos of transparency and accountability in governance. We are not interested in trials by media, witch hunt or playing to the gallery. We will seek out the truth and lay it before our people.”
Ayo Fayose, who made a bold statement of his entrance at the anti-graft agency is being questioned over the receipt of the sum of N1.3billion and $5.377million from the Office of the former National Security Adviser.
Hours after the Ekiti Governorship election results were announced, the EFCC announced in a tweet that it was to begin an investigation against Mr Fayose.
DENISAURUS News understands that the former Governor wrote a letter to notify the Commission he would make himself available a day after his tenure lapse.
However, Mr Fayose, who is a leading member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was put on a watch list by the EFCC even while he was under immunity, leading many to believe that the anti-graft agency under Ibrahim Mustafa Magu was being used to fight opposition.
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