The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State said on Tuesday that the federal government deliberately withheld N19.4 billion due to the state as bailout, saying the government’s action was a grand design to bring down the PDP government in the state.
The party also said that the ruling APC was behind the seizure of the balance of the bailout funds requested by the state from the federal government.
The spokesperson of the party chapter, Jackson Adebayo, said in a statement that the federal government was acting the script of the APC by financially crippling Ekiti State.
“Out of N29 billion requested from the federal government, only N9.6 billion was released to Ekiti State, hence it was evident that Ekiti State was particularly marked for this financial punishment to prepare ground for the 2018 governorship election in the state,” Mr. Adebayo alleged.
According to him, the APC was working out a strategy to frustrate Ayo Fayose’s rising profile in preparation for elections in the future.
Mr. Adebayo also alleged that the various meetings by leaders of the APC outside the state in recent times were targeted at pulling down the state in the name of politics.
“We want to alert the public that in all the meetings of the APC leaders they have not been discussing the progress of the state.
“Rather, they have preoccupied themselves with the business of how Ekiti State government will not be able to meet its obligations again in terms of regular payment of salaries and furtherance of the populist projects it has embarked upon.
“They have approached President Muhammadu Buhari and other notable leaders of their party on this matter,” Mr. Adebayo alleged.
He called on indigenes of Ekiti State to beg the APC to stop the vilification of the state as it would be detrimental to its progress in the long run.