All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the Ekiti State House of Assembly are demanding for N135 million as bribe to clear commissioners and Local Government Caretaker Committee members appointed by the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, a group, the Ekiti Movement for Good Governance (EMGG) has alleged.
The APC lawmakers were said to have demanded for the payment of their outstanding subvention of N48 million as condition to clear the commissioners-nominee and the Local Councils Caretaker committee members, which Governor Fayose acceded to. The N48 million subvention had already been released to the law makers.
In a release issued on Tuesday by the EMGG and signed by its Secretary, Dr. Abiodun Aina, the group alleged that after collecting the N48 million subvention approved by the governor, the APC lawmakers declined to attend to the screening and confirmation of the commissioners.
The group alleged that, “this morning, the APC lawmakers were called by their party leaders in Lagos, who prevailed on them to continue with their agenda of frustrating Fayose’s efforts to develop Ekiti State and render his government impossible.”
The group said; “Instead of performing their legislative duties, for which they are being paid by Ekiti people, the APC lawmakers are asking Governor Fayose to give each member of the House of Assembly a sum of N5 million and the Speaker a sum of N10 million, making N135 million.
“In a State already ran aground by the immediate past APC government of Dr Kayode Fayemi, it is ridiculous that some people will allow themselves to be tele-guided by some foreign political merchants such that they will be asking for N135 million bribe in a State where public servants are being owed two months’ salary.
“We are aware that Governor Fayose has declined this obnoxious demand, opting to concentrate the State resources on welfare of the entire people, instead of a few APC lawmakers.
“It is therefore our plea to the APC lawmakers to allow Governor Fayose to perform his duties as governor. The law makers should know that they are members of Ekiti State House of Assembly and not APC or Tinubu’s House of Assembly.”