Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, has dismissed as childish and ridiculous allegations of fraud leveled against his administration in Ekiti State by the State House of Assembly, saying he would not be distracted by such. Mr. Fayemi, the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, was reacting to the petition submitted by the State legislature to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleging fraud to the tune of N40 billion under his watch as governor.
The minister’s response was contained in a statement signed by Yinks Oyebode, his Special Assistant on Media. According to the statement issued on Thursday, the Assembly’s petition to the EFCC is nothing but a rehash of old tales told by little minds.
Mr. Fayemi added that since the allegations lacked substance, they are bound to fail like the previous allegations made by the State government and its agents.
“The Ekiti Assembly and indeed the Ayodele Fayose-led administration had spent the last two years rehearsing and rehashing all manners of ridiculous allegations in their desperate effort to taint Dr Fayemi’s reputation. As at last count they have come up with six different attempts, with varying degrees of falsehood.
“Dr. Fayemi’s four years meritorious service in Ekiti remains an open book. The administration’s financial dealings and executed projects were well documented and copies of the documents are with the Assembly. We enjoin them to read the necessary portions and get the right answers to their puerile posers.
“But if their intention is to distract the Minister and paint him in corrupt garb, then they have failed, as Dr. Fayemi cannot be distracted by the government’s cheap blackmail,” the statement said.
Mr. Oyebode also advised the Fayose-led government to concentrate on the provision of amenities in the State instead of investing time in and desisting from its falsehood and cheap blackmail.