The Minister of Mining and Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi has responded to the petition by Ekiti lawmakers accusing him of corruption, describing it as “childish” and “ridiculous.”
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Yinka Oyebode, said the minister would not be distracted by the allegations raised against him by the Ekiti State House of Assembly.
According to him, the allegations are baseless and calculated to distract him, “a rehash of old tales told by little minds.”
Mr. Oyebode said since the allegations lacked substance, it was bound to fail like the previous ones by the state government and its agents.
“The petition by the Assembly is nothing but another calculated attempt to distract and tarnish the hard earned reputation of the honourable minister with spurious allegations,” the statement read.
“The Ekiti Assembly and indeed the Ayodele Fayose –led administration, had spent the last two years rehearsing and rehashing all manners of ridiculous allegations in their desperate effort to taint Dr Fayemi’s reputation. As at last count they have come up with six different attempts, with varying degrees of falsehood.
“Dr Fayemi’s four years meritorious service in Ekiti remains an open book. The administration’s financial dealings and executed projects were well documented and copies of the documents are with the Assembly. We enjoin them to read the necessary portions and get the right answers to their puerile posers.
“But if their intention is to distract the Minister and paint him in corrupt garb, then they have failed, as Dr Fayemi cannot be distracted by the government’s cheap blackmail.
“At this stage of our democracy, it is sad that a whole House of Assembly would be involved in what is known as Pull Him Down Syndrome. But the good news is that Ekiti people know the difference between those who serve them well and mere pretenders.
“Dr Fayemi remains focused on his current assignment of leading the economic diversification plan of the Federal Government through the mining sector and no ill-conceived machination can distract him.”
He advised the Fayose-led government to concentrate on the provision of amenities in the state and desist from its “maniacal penchant” for falsehood and cheap blackmail.