…as PDP lawmakers approves it for Fayose
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members of Ekiti State House of Assembly numbering 14, on Thursday considered and approved the N10 billion supplementary budget request of Governor Ayo Fayose.
But All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in state House of Assembly has rejected it, saying “it is illegal, unconstitutional and unacceptable”
The PDP lawmakers, led by Speaker Kola Oluwawole, arrived the Assembly complex at 12.05 pm and sat for about one hour inside the hallowed chambers before they passed the supplementary appropriation bill into law.
But the APC caucus led by the Minority Leader of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon (Chief) Gboyega Aribisogan has described the Revised Appropriation Bill of 10 Billion Naira that was brought to Ekiti State House of Assembly by the outgoing governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose as a fraudulent Bill.
Speaking with newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, the APC lawmaker accused the PDP Legislators of colluding with Governor Fayose to defraud the state by attempting to pass the supplementary budget through the back door.
According to him, the APC lawmakers and some members are not in support of the bill because it has been discovered that the outgoing governor wanted to use the House to legitimise fraud.
Aribisogan said that the proposed Appropriation Bill is the handiwork of Governor Fayose and his cronies to cover up massive fraud in some Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).
” The Appropriation Bill is not meant to improve the lives of our people in the state but to cover up some unapproved spendings of the Governor. It is a fraudulent Bill to cover fraudulent spendings. That’s why the governor wanted the bill to be passed without proper scrutiny.
” The Appropriation Committee did not sit on the Bill. The Bill was back dated to August 30 to give an impression that the Appropriation Committee had since been delibrating on the Bill.
The Speaker, Pastor Oluwawole was given the Bill last Friday when he was summoned to the Governor’s Lodge. As usual, he was given a marching order to call Hon Jeje Samuel, the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, to make a public statement on the Revised Budget.
He however disclosed that the ” The Progressives” a new group of APC and PDP lawmakers in the House have met and vowed to boycott sitting anytime they are called to pass the dubious budget.
“The Progressives in the House” we are now the majority. We have met. We have resolved to boycott sittings on the dubious budget.
“We learnt they want to reopen the Assembly for one hour to pass the budget. We are waiting and watching. We will not allow the budget to be passed through the back door.
“It is ridiculous to hear that a government that has less that 32 days want to spend 10 billion naira. The governor is yet to tell us how he had managed the finances of this state.
“We have not be told the position of the state IGR, but the executive wanted us to pass a budget. We shall resist this latest attempt by Governor Ayo Fayose to further plunge Ekiti state into financial mess.”