Fourteen People’s Democratic Party members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, led by Speaker Kola Oluwawole, yesterday approved the N10 billion supplementary budget sought by Governor Ayo Fayose.
This was barely one month to the end of the governor’s administration.
The lawmakers sat behind closed doors for about one hour to pass the supplementary bill.
They were joined by the Clerk of the house, Tola Esan and two legislative officers in conducting the sitting.
The PDP lawmakers at the close-door session were Oluwawole, Sina Animasaun, Samuel Omotoso, Samuel Jeje, Tope Fasanmi, Dayo Akinleye, Wale Onigiobi, Dare Pelemo, Cecilia Dada, Musa Arogundade, Sanya Aladeyelu, Olayode Omotoso, Dele Fajemilehin and Olanrewaju Olayanju.
However, All Progressives Congress members in the house rejected the passage of the bill.
The opposition lawmakers led by Minority Leader Gboyega Aribisogan said the action of their colleagues in the PDP was a “ploy by Fayose to legitimize fraud which will be resisted through legal and constitutional means.”
Aribisogan said: “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.
“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 spending of the Governor. It is a fraudulent Bill to cover fraudulent spending. 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 deliberating on the Bill.