By Sadiq Umar – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has challenged President Mohammadu Buhari, asking him to return the N1.5 billion allegedly donated to fund his election by former governor of the State, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
The opposition PDP had claimed that monies being recovered from members of the defunct Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation by the Buhari administration were campaign funds.
The party said “equity and justice demand that Buhari should return what he got from Ekiti State treasury through Fayemi, if he is running after those who allegedly got money from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).”
“President Buhari must first remove the logs in his eyes before his attempt to remove the toothpicks in other people’s eyes can be taken seriously and the first step he must take is to return the N1.5 billion he got from Fayemi to fund his election,” the party said in a statement by its state publicity secretary, Mr. Jackson Adebayo.
According Ekiti PDP, the N1.5 billion, if returned would go a long way in cushioning the effects of the dwindling economic fortune of the state, especially payment of worker’s salary.
The party said Fayemi, who is now Buhari’s Minister of Solid Minerals reportedly transferred N1.5 billion from his account in a bank located along Liberation Square, Accra, Ghana to the APC Presidential Campaign Fund account “in other to place him in a vantage position for ministerial appointment should Buhari win the February 14 Presidential election,” and true to his expectation, he was appointed minister.
“N1.5 billion is a lot of money and Ekiti State government will only need to add some millions to be able to pay one month salary if Buhari returns the money.
“The APC government of Fayemi left office with August and September 2014 salaries of workers unpaid but the same Fayemi could donate N1.5bn to Buhari’s campaign just because he wanted to be minister. Where then is the morality in Buhari’s anti-corruption posture when he was funded with stolen fund?
The party insisted that President Buhari should therefore return the N1.5 billion stolen from Ekiti State that was used to fund his election.