Daily Metro News NG
The immediate past Executive Chairmen of the 18 Local Government Areas of Ondo state have described a statement credited to the state Publicity Secretary of PDP, Peretei Ikantu, alleging them of drawing salaries from the state treasury after the expiration of their tenure in office as figment of his imagination.
In a statement signed by former ALGON Chairman, Augustine Oloruntogbe said; “We wish to inform members of the public to see the report as not only malicious and labelious and 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.
“As you will all recall, all the former LG chairmen legitimately handed over the affairs of the 18 local government areas to their 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 putting up democratic structure in all the council areas which allows us to serve our people at grassroot level.”
The press statement which was jointly issued in Akure, the state capital said; the author of the structurally defective information failed woefully to provide a shred of evidence to support his baseless allegations as he has no prove of who approved the payment and how much had been collected.
According to the Chairmen; “we could have ignored his jaundiced report but we have a duty to lay the facts before the public so that the good people of Ondo state are not misled by a group of unfortunate politicians who are still leaking their political wounds from home and abroad”.
This deliberate falsehood by Peretei and his cohorts can only be described as a Merchant selling the Sun to buy Candles or some set of mischief makers sprigging up mere political gimmicks to seek cheap poblicity.
“We therefore want to call on Mr Peretei Ikantu to withdraw the libellous publication with public apology within 24 hours, faliure which we will recourse to legal remedy,” the statement concluded.