The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has restated its call for Governor Ayodele Fayose to declare his assets publicly as done by his predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a statement on Tuesday said the governor had failed to do this 10 months after its earleir call.
The statement said, “The governor must seize the opportunity of declaring his assets to douse speculations of his alleged funneling of the state’s resources to his private enterprises abroad.
“It is curious that he has not abused President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo after they declared their assets. Fayose’s loud silence on the President in this case is curious because the governor has never seen anything good in whatever the President does.”
But Fayose, who reacted through his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said the APC should tell the public how many of its governors had openly declared their assets.
He said, “We won’t react, let them tell us how many APC governors have openly declared their assets. Did you read yesterday’s papers on governors’ position on asset declaration?
“APC has 23 governors, how many have openly declared their assets? The position of the governor is that of no reaction. Let their party show the lead by making their 23 state governors declare their assets openly.”
However, Olatunbosun said APC might have no option than taking legal action to force the governor to declare his assets to dispel rumours and allegations of properties acquisitions with state funds across the globe.
“We will stop at nothing to make sure that Fayose declares his assets openly so that we could remind him, if he leaves any of his assets undeclared.”
The party said open declaration of assets would shame the critics of the governor who always accused him of alleged funds diversion to private use.
“We are worried by the unconfirmed reports of primitive acquisitions by the governor who allegedly own properties in Ghana, Dubai, South Africa, Abuja, Ibadan and Banana Islands and Magodo in Lagos, which were believed to have been acquired in the last nine months after he assumed office.
“Our party is aware that Fayose had no visible means of income prior to October 16, 2014 when he became governor and the properties he owned in Ibadan and Lagos are subjects of litigation by the EFCC, which is probing the governor for misappropriation and diversion of N1.3b poultry project cash to personal use in 2005.