By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has debunked claims by Governor Ayodele Fayose that he has promoted 15,000 workers in the state civil service as part of the end of the year package for civil servants.
The party also debunked claim by the governor that workers were paid two months salaries, Christmas bonus and other allowances, dismissing it as a ruse, saying that no single worker was promoted “as at the time of writing this press release”.
In a statement by the Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party said it had been discovered that the governor was “just trying to be himself as an unconscionable liar” in his promotion and two months salary payment claims.
He explained: “As at the time of writing this press release, no single worker has received any letter of promotion.
“At best, what the governor has done is a promise of promotion to the Labour leaders he assembled at the dilapidated Ikogosi Resort where he begged them to help him mobilise workers to vote for his candidate in the 2018 governorship election with the promise of mass promotion for workers.
“The promise followed similar other one during his governorship campaigns when he asked Ekiti youths to submit their credentials to his campaign office for immediate mass employment if they voted for him.
“But after winning the election, the credentials of the youth found their way to groundnut and roasted plantain sellers, and up till now, none of them has been employed.”
Olatunbosun added that investigations from Ekiti State Civil Service indicated that no single promotion letter had been issued from the office elevating any worker.
He also debunked reports that Ekiti workers were paid two months salaries, explaining that what the governor did was his usual alleged fraudulent practice to confuse and deceive the people.
He explained: “Fayose never paid two months salaries. What he did was that he paid just one salary for two different months.
“For instance, he paid December salary to a set of workers while he paid July salary to another set, making it just one month salary to all the workers so far paid, but the governor has been fraudulently claiming that he had paid two months salaries.”
Olatunbosun added that what Fayose did was to gamble with the workers again to exploit them and deceive the public for favour in the next governorship election, noting that the governor’s anti-worker policy did not support his present pro-worker stance.
He explained: “On assumption of office, Fayose cancelled all the promotions approved by former Governor Kayode Fayemi, while he also reversed the appointments of nine permanent secretaries made by Fayemi, some of whom had since retired in frustration.