PMB Plays To The Gallery By Reducing His Salary– Fayose #Beekhaybee

Ayo Fayose, the governor of
Ekiti state, has assured
Nigerians that President
Muhammadu Buhari played to
the gallery by slashing half of his salary. fayose Ayo Fayose, the governor of Ekiti
state In a recent interview with Tribune,
Fayose said that he was ready to
give up all of his own salary,
because government official’s
salary is nothing compared with the
value of his other entitlements. He also stressed that the president
could not interfere with his activities
because the era of impunity in
Nigeria is over. “The president should go a little bit
further and forfeit other benefits he
enjoys. For instance, all the benefits
of the state house in Abuja and
protocol. There are a lot of benefits
that will accrue to the president in terms of travelling, in terms of sitting
allowances and other allowances
that are due the president. He must
cut the cost, because the benefits are
more far-reaching than salary. “The president’s salary is N1.1
million. Is the president telling us that
he has forfeited N550,000 to
Nigerians to change our fortune? No.
Even my own salary is about
N700,000; I’m ready to give it out without complaining and I’m not
going to announce it on the radio or
television. And, interestingly, you
cannot forfeit it by words of mouth,
because there is nowhere you will
post it anyway in the revenue mobilisation law. You can take it and
use it to promote the cause of
Nigerians, but don’t tell us you are
ready to forfeit half of your salary
and it’s a big deal. No, it’s not,”
Fayose said. READ ALSO: PMB Decision To Cut His Salary Unlawful – Commission The governor recalled the times
when Goodluck Jonathan was the
president of the country and noted
that the former leader always
supported Ekiti despite the fact that
the state was under the control of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Fayose stressed that the APC could
not return to Ekiti, saying even after
he vacates government house, he
will not lose his influence. “It is a free society; there is no
almighty governor; there is no
almighty president. We are all
governed by civility and by the
constitution. “When you say federal
government, Buhari is the face.
When you say Ekiti government, I am
the face … Ekiti is just a unit of the
country and Ekiti is a federating unit.
We have our autonomy; he can’t come and govern my state.
Everything that is federally
connected, he has right to it but in
my state, I am the chief executive.
That is why they call me ‘executive
governor’,” he said. READ ALSO: Gov Fayose Finally At Peace With State House Of Assembly
Members However, the governor noted that no
personal issues between him and
the president would prevent him
from cooperating and working with
the federal government. “Buhari is the president, by God’s
grace. We wish him well. But I must
also state without mincing words
that I don’t curry favours that I
don’t need. If he wants to assist
Ekiti people, it is not about Ayo Fayose. And I’m sure President
Buhari is a man that will not want to
dwell on pettiness or operate by it
because Governor Fayose did not
support him. When Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) was in power, the All Progressives
Congress (APC) members, who were
in the opposition, operated
peacefully in their states.” Accusing former president, Olusegun
Obasanjo, for building a system in
which people dictate who they want,
Fayose stressed that such things
cannot happen again. “And that brings me to the fact that
Ekiti is gone for good from the hands
of APC. Even if Senator Bola Tinubu
becomes the Independent National
Electoral Commission chairman, they
will lose in Ekiti, because they are not on the ground here. “The kind of politics I play is that
wherein I tie myself to the people,
not the people tying themselves to
me. If you look at the processes of
the botched impeachment, what
happened aftermath, was a defense put up by the people, not even me.
We, however, thank God. It was the
Lord’s doing,” the governor said. READ ALSO: 5 Reasons Why Buhari Is Tagged ‘Baba Go Slow’ Fayose noted that people voted for
the ruling party because they
wanted change, however, the
current administration is “too
slow” and has not brought any
positive changes so far. “Apart from other issues like the
north/south dichotomy, religious
sentiments and change in itself, one
of the key reasons, in terms of policy
and in terms of needs, why Nigerians
voted for President Buhari is security. They want to be secure. “Everybody was shouting “bring
back our girls”, the APC was
shouting that Jonathan had no
capacity and that the moment Buhari
comes in, within 30 days, Boko
Haram will be inside the River Niger. Rather, Boko Haram is now
spreading their tentacles and
growing in confidence. Both
opposition and the government must
stay together to fight insurgency, but
I need to remind them that they were the people politicising this
thing,” he said. Commenting on Buhari’s decision
to approve bailout funds, Fayose
wandered: “To whom did they give the bailout?
Are they also bailing themselves
out? Nobody has bailed Ekiti out. We
have only got our legitimate
allocation which is tax from NLNG. READ ALSO: NLNG Fund Is Our Right, Not Buhari’s Bailout- Fayose Blasts “It was Ekiti’s basic entitlement
under the allocation procedures. I
got N2.1 billion and my wage bill is
N2.6 billion. So, when you now say
bailout, a bailout that cannot pay one
month’s salary, how do you explain that? I said about a week ago
that there’s no issue of bailout and
I cannot be telling the APC-led
government that that they are
deceiving Nigerians and playing to
the gallery. The so-called bailout issue is playing to the gallery. So, to
me there’s no issue of bailout.
When Jonathan was there, this tax
from NLNG went straight to the
federation account.” Earlier this week the governor of
Ekiti state warned Nigerians that
dictatorship was returning to the
country. Reacting to the sealing-off of
Sambo Dasuki’s residence, the governor asked Buhari to put Boko
Haram under house arrest instead of former national security adviser