An alleged N50million cash gift from Minister for Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to controversial former State Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Temitope Aluko has created a major division within the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the State.
Action Group (AG), a faction of Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), accused the Minister of Solid Minerals Development and former governor of the state of given a sum of N50 million to the former State Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti, Dr. Temitope Aluko, saying the largesse was too much for a single person at the expense of thousand of supporters walloping in poverty in the state.
The group, which sent out Short Message Service (SMS) on Monday evening, alleged the minister of spending ungratefully on Aluko; maintaining that the former PDP scribe was only protecting his interest and bargain with Governor Ayodele Fayose and not either that of Fayemi or even the APC as a party.
The message read; “Fayemi must explain how he was able to give TKO Aluko N50m. How can u give just one person N50m while we members of APC wallop in poverty? Enough is enough!”
Fayemi, who was said to have assured Mr. TKO Aluko of soft landing should plans go otherwise on Ekitigate, was cautioned by the Action Group APC not to harbour a political chameleon all in the name of struggle.
The APC Action Group faction being led by Special Adviser (Political) to the Vice President, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, is also alleged that the duo of Aluko and former Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Hon Femi Bamisile were on Fayemi’s payroll when he was governor, asking; “of what benefit was the monthly payments made to Aluko and Bamisile when Fayemi was governor?
“Most importantly, of what political benefit was the payment of N16 million to Bamisile to rent his his house in GRA, Ado Ekiti for the former Vice Chancellor of the Ekiti State University?
“When many of our members were suffering, Fayemi was lavishing millions on Aluko and Bamisile and he is doing the same now with N50 million given to Aluko on an election that he (Fayemi) made us lose woefully.
“Is the honourable minister saying he is not aware that many of our supporters and loyalists are traders, artisans and some even jobless, that could be empowered with the N50 million freely given to Aluko, a known traitor?”
Speaking further on the revelation according to Aluko, the group opined that Aluko should have approached the court of law and not the party involved in the case, saying he was only after the monetary gain and undeserved recognition the party may eventually accorded him.
“Honestly speaking, Aluko has achieved his aim of given those controversial statements on air. You asked why? He has already!
“Firstly, he wanted to be tipped before saying anything and Fayemi has done that earlier before now. The N50 million recently given to Aluko was just his balance for a job well done according to our inside source and which most of us in the system are not in any form happy about. The reason cannot be far-fetched; it was like reaping where one did not sow.
“Again, Aluko wanted to be recognised by the APC, and with the look of things, evidences abound that he has equally achieved that. The question now remains, what becomes our fate as party stalwarts in the state when Aluko has suddenly turned the beneficiary of the ministerial largesse?
“This question and several others are begging for answers from our leaders at both state and national levels before we start loosing our loyalists to the oppositions in the state,” the group said.