The former local government chairmen in Ondo State have faulted the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state that they are still drawing salaries after their tenure.
The chairmen in a statement by Erstwhile Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, Hon. Augustine Oloruntogbe said the PDP claim was “malicious and labelious” and described it as “parts of futile attempts by the drowning PDP to soil the image of the past local government chairmen and by extension, the present administration in the state.”
The body gave 24hours ultimatum to the party to withdraw what it calls libellous publication or will recourse to legal remedy.
RE: FORMER LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMEN IN ONDO STATE STILL DRAW SALARIES AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF THEIR TENURES.
……..PDP IS A WOUNDED OPPOSITION PARTY STILL LEAKING IT POLITICAL WOUNDS. FORMER ONDO LG CHAIRMEN.
Our attention has been drawn to a spurious and baseless allegations signed by one Peretei Ikantu, the state Publicity Secretary of PDP that the immediate past Executive Local Government Chairmen of the 18 councils areas are still on government.
We wish to inform members of the public to see the report as not only malicious and labelious but as parts of futile attempts by the drowning PDP to soil the image of the past local government chairmen and by extension, the present administration in the state.
It is on record that as law abiding citizens, all the former LG chairmen legitimately handed over the affairs of the 18 local government areas to the various *HEAD OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION* who have been holding forth since 30th of August 2023 in accordance with the extant rules.
And we want to use this opportunity to thank Mr Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, CON for entrenching democratic rules in all the council areas which allows us to serve our people at grassroot level.
The author of the structurally defective information did not only failed woefully to provide a shred of evidence to support his baseless allegations but equally has no prove of who approved the payment and how much had been paid to the Chairmen.
We could have ignored his jaundiced report but we have a duty to present the fact before the public so that the right thinking people of Ondo state are not misled by a group of unfortunate politicians who are still leaking their political wounds following their recent fatal political accidents both at home and abroad.
This deliberate falsehood by Peretei and his cohorts can only be described as a Merchant who is selling the Sun to buy Candles or better still, some set of mischief makers sprigging up mere political gimmicks to seek for cheap poblicity.
We therefore want to call on *Mr Peretei Ikantu to withdraw the libelous publication with public apology within 24 hours* ,faliure which we will recourse to legal remedy.
Hon. Augustine Oloruntogbe
Erstwhile Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON.