Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose has explained why the State Government is suing the Federal Government over the controversial $1 billion terrorism fund.
He said it is the right of the Ekiti State government to question all accruals to the Federal Account saying it must be shared by all three tiers of government.
The National Economic Council had announced the withdrawal of $1billion from the $2.3 billion Excess Crude Account to fight the insurgency.
The decision had attracted criticisms from groups and individuals, including the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
While some have condemned the move, others have argued that it is an avenue to use the money for the President’s perceived re-election bid ahead of the 2019 general elections.
While lamenting that the people of Ekiti State were faced with hunger, Fayose added that the $1billion fund should be shared and deserved portion given to each governor.
“For me, Ekiti has ‘hunger haram,’ where hunger is catching people everywhere. A lot of people are being kidnapped daily. They either vote money for me from that money or we leave it, share it let everybody go and solve their problems,” he said.
The governor maintained that he had approached the court to seek justice following the Federal Government’s inability to disburse the money across the states of the federation.
“My state, we have approached the court for justice because it is our legitimate right. All accruals to the federal account must be shared by all three tiers of government.
“And for me to get justice, I have to go to the court and I have gone to court. Every state has its own peculiarities in terms of security,” he added.