- Former deputy of Ekiti state, Skikiru Tae Lawal warned the federal government to pay Ekiti state monthly allocation
- Lawal said President Buhari’s is breaking the law by refusing to pay the allocation
- Lawal termed the federal government act as ‘illegal’ and 'unconstitutional’
Former deputy governor of Ekiti state, Dr Sikiru Tae Lawal has joined forces with others like Femi Fani-kayode to call out the federal government to pay outstanding state monthly allocation.
Daily Post reports that the former deputy governor warned President Buhari to desist from vindictive actions that could trample of the constitution of Nigeria.
Lawal said: “This action is not only illegal, unconstitutional and flies in the face of the law, it was equally morally reprehensible.
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“How can a government that swore to protect the constitution and see to the welfare of the Nigerian citizens, begin now to withhold statutory allocation to a state?”
“In case President Buhari has forgotten so soon, he garnered a total of 120, 332 votes in Ekiti state in the last presidential elections. Those who voted were not spirits, they were residents of Ekiti with high percentage of them being Ekiti citizens.
“By my own understanding of politics, less than 12 percent of the total population are card carrying members of political parties. Why should the APC-led federal government now punish those who are not politicians and those who voted for him during the last presidential poll?
“Most hit by this illegal action was the civil servants, whose salaries could not be paid by this deleterious action. Majority of them must have by one influence or certain consideration voted for APC in that election. Was this pernicious action a reward for their votes?
“I want to appeal to the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to investigate this matter and do the right thing in the interest of the Ekiti populace and the constitution he swore to protect coupled with his former status as a Professor of Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria.”
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Meanwhile, the Ekiti state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed Governor Ayodele Fayose's claim that the federal government withheld the state's January allocation.
The ruling party said what would have been withheld is the special funds approved by the FG for budget support intervention in the states.
The party said that the governor allegedly misinformed the public to instigate the people of the state against President Muhammadu Buhari and blackmail APC-led Federal Government.