Ekiti State governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said he has left incumbent governor, Ayo Fayose, to God to judge. He said he would accept whatever liability and assets left behind by the outgoing government because of his belief that government is a continuum. He however said that he was coming to office to simply make a difference.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Fayemi spoke while receiving the report of the transition committee constituted to interface with the outgoing administration to facilitate smooth change of government. He said he was leaving the outgoing governor and his regime to God over the alleged mismanagement of state funds and resources. He promised to make a drastic change in the life of the people the moment he is sworn in on October 16. NAN reports that the governor-elect was reacting to the latest debt figure released by the Debt Management Office (DMO) which revealed that the debt profile increased from N18 billion during Fayemi’s era to N117 billion, under Fayose’s watch. The committee had told Fayemi that the humongous debt was outside arrears of salaries, pensions, gratuities and money owed retirees and contractors.
Fayemi also suggested the enactment of a law, Transition Act, which would stipulate the duties of an outgoing administration and an incoming administration to pave the way for seamless transfer of power. This he said had become imperative given the uncooperative attitude and difficulties the committee faced in meeting with officials of the outgoing government as well as its refusal to allow his own committee to obtain information. According to Fayemi, if such law were in place, it would be difficult for an outgoing government to refuse to cooperate with a transition committee. He said such laws are already operating in countries like Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and the western world. “The chairman (of the committee) talks about liabilities; that is what government is all about, assets and liabilities, government is a continuum. “We are not unmindful of the fact that there will be debts but we are focused on our agenda to make a difference in the lives of our people. So for us, we leave whatever that is done by the outgoing government to God and God will handle that in the best way possible. We want to focus on making the difference in the life of our people, so our people remain our priority. “We hope some reason will prevail between now and inauguration day for the outgoing government to come up with the information this committee has been asking for since it was inaugurated,” he said. The governor-elect, who promised to hit the ground running after taking the oath of office on October 16, also charged aspirants to national and state legislatures in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to familiarise themselves with the contents of the report.