- A driver has accused former governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, of refusing to repair a vehicle he allegedly crushed in an accident
- The former governor reportedly destroyed the vehicle and a motorcycle during an accident on December 5, 2018
- All effort to reach the former governor to repair the crushed vehicle have been allegedly futile
Former governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, has been accused of refusing to repair a vehicle and a motorcycle he allegedly destroyed in an accident which occurred on Third Mailand Bridge, Lagos on December 5, 2018.
The crushed commercial vehicle belongs to a 42-year-old Offa, Kwara state indigene, Taiye Adams, while the motorcyle is owned by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority.
The Punch reports that the driver of the vehicle said all effort to reach Fayose to repair or replace the crushed vehicle has been futile since the accident.
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Explaining how the accident occurred, he said: “My vehicle had broken down on the Third Mainland Bridge that day when a LASTMA official rode his motorcycle to the spot. He called a towing truck from their office at Iyana Oworo. I put a C-Caution sign on the road to warn other motorists.
“While we awaited the arrival of the towing truck, the LASTMA official was also diverting traffic from my bus.
“Fayose, who was alone in his car, was driving on top speed when he rammed into my bus. He also crushed the LASTMA motorcycle. A lot of people came to his rescue and the vehicles were taken to the LASTMA office at Iyana Oworo.”
Adams said he was assured after the accident that Governor Fayose would compensate him and the traffic agency referred him to the LASTMA headquarters at Oshodi, where he met one Mr Bakare, the official in charge of the case.
He said: “I told him that the bus had been damaged beyond repairs. Mr Bakare asked me the value of the vehicle and I told him it was N1.7m. He said Fayose would pay the money.
“When I did not get any feedback, I went back on December 23, 2018. The LASTMA officer said Fayose was not responding. I asked him if the ex-governor did not admit to his fault or he was not just ready to replace my bus. Mr Bakare said he did not respond. When I consulted with my union leaders at the motor park, I was advised to get a lawyer to engage with Fayose.”
The spokseperson for LASTMA, Mahmud Hassan, confirmed that Fayose promised to compensate the driver of the commercial vehicle but he is yet to fulfil the promise.
He said: “Our motorbike was also badly damaged. The bus, the motorbike and Fayose’s vehicle were all moved from the road to our yard. His aides came to our yard to remove his vehicle and they promised to get back to us. But we have yet to hear from Fayose or his aides.
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“Because of his status, we believe that something will be done. But as we speak, even our damaged motorbike is there just like that.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Fayose urged the Ekiti state not to return the senate minority leader, Biodun Olujimi.
Fayose in a new video released on Twitter urged the people of Ekiti state to vote against Olujimi, who represents Ekiti south at the 2019 National Assembly polls.
The former governor in the new video advised Ekiti electorate to vote Atiku and other PDP candidates at the 2019 polls expect Senator Olujimi.
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