Ayo Fayose, former governor of Ekiti state, has described the revocation by Kayode Fayemi, his successor, of appointment of 2,000 workers by him shortly before leaving office, as “height of wickedness and political vendetta.”
Fayose also called on all the affected civil servants not to be disillusioned, but to approach the court to challenge the state government’s decision.
In a statement by Lere Olayinka, his spokesperson, on Thursday, in Ado Ekiti, the former governor said that sacking people duly engaged in the service by a duly constituted government was most unfortunate.
NAN reports that the state government, on Thursday, announced the cancellation of 2,000 appointments carried out by the Fayose-led administration in October 2018.
The government declared that their recruitment did not follow due process and was politically lopsided to give undue advantage to the cronies of the former governor.
“All appointments made after the governorship election of July 2018, an exercise found to have violated due process, are hereby canceled and declared null and void,” Muyiwa Olumilua, the state’s commissioner for information, said on Wednesday.
“All 272 officers employed by the former Governor Fayose led administration who are still on manual payroll shall be considered for absorption into the civil service, but on a case-by-case basis and absorption will be conditional subject to availability of vacancies.”
Fayose, however, said that the incumbent governor, by the action, had succeeded in writing his name in the history books of Ekiti as one who inflicted sorrow on the people.
“He has demonstrated this by sacking Ekiti people who were duly employed by the state government,” he said.
“Whoever that applauds this show of wickedness will be reminded in future when actions of Fayemi will also be reviewed.
“As for those who have now become victims of this act of wickedness and political vendetta, they should enforce their rights to seek redress in the court of law.”