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Salary Delay: We have been vindicated

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…Osun APC Mocks Adeleke

The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has sympathized with the state government workers over the failure of the state Governor Ademola Adeleke to pay their March salaries as and when due and combine same with the payment of arrears of promotions.

It would be recalled that Adeleke, last week, had given the readiness of his administration to pay the arrears of promotions together with the March salaries as the cause of the delay in the payment of the March salaries of the government workers in the state.

The state government who hinted that all efforts were in top gear to pay both the March salaries and the arrears of promotions latest on Monday failed woefully to redeem its pledge as the expectant government workers had their hope dashed.

To the consternation of the government workers, the alerts for the payment of their old salaries started creeping in in the early hours of Tuesday without the promised promotions arrears.

This delay in the payment of salaries and the outright refusal of Adeleke to honour his pledge on the payment of promotion arrears have become a very big issue in the state as it is on record that throughout the four-year tenure of former Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s administration, payment of salaries occupied a first-line charge priority attention.

It was observed that the government workers were pained over the disappointment of the bearly four-month-old administration of Governor Adeleke because he had made it his campaign promise that the payment of their salaries would not exceed the 26th of any particular month.

In his remark on the unsavoury development, the state acting chairman of the APC, Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, in a statement issued by the party’s Director of Media and Information, Chief Kola Olabisi, in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, today, stated that his party has been vindicated on its earlier position on the inability of Adeleke to fulfil his obligation to the government workers.

Lawal who explained that his party foresaw the present predicament of the Adeleke administration but stated that it never knew that it would be so early in coming as it’s pretty difficult for anyone to give what he doesn’t possess.

He disclosed that his party, all along, knew that the Adeleke administration would hit the rock as its driver has the history of money spending and not money making which is manifested in the current financial mess of the state.

In Lawal’s words: “We sympathize with the entire inhabitants of the state in general and the government workers in particular over their traumatic experience in the payment of their March salaries and absolute denial of their promotion arrears as earlier promised them by Governor Adeleke.

“I am moved to tears when I thought of those of you who had banked your hope of the payment of the school fees of your children in various schools on the failed largesse promised you by this government in transit.

“How about some of you who are nursing one ailment or the other and have been relying on the scuttled promotion arrears which cannot be said with the air of finality whether it would ever be paid?

“When we sounded a note of warning concerning the issue at stake few days ago, some political jobbers would not allow us to breathe with an unsubstantiated allegation that we were playing a dirty politics with the Adeleke administration’s financial conundrum.

“It is not that we are totally disappointed with the prevailing situation of the financial status in Osun State as no miracle can be expected from someone who has no history of doing any business in his life except his absolute dependence on hand-out and stipend from his big brother which qualifies him for being an irredeemable sluggard.

“We are happy that we have been vindicated in our estimation that Adeleke is not endowed with the required qualities to successfully paddle the canoe of the administration of this state to stardom.

“The blowing whirlwind has exposed the anus of the proverbial fowl which makes its coverage an impossible Utopia.

“A financial expert is different from a reckless spender while it is a leader who makes money that he spends that is qualified to be called a performer and not someone who stumbles on the money that he didn’t work for and squandered same without recourse for probity and accountability.

“I will implore the people of the state to be prayerful that the reverse gear in which the administration of the state is currently being thrown into would not be long before it is made to say bye bye to it.

“Once again, it will not be an exaggeration to state that former Governor Oyetola needs to be commended over his financial wizardry when he was in the saddle which fits perfectly into an axiom that ‘the head of an elephant is not a worthy load for a toddler’ and that ‘governance is not a tea party'”, Lawal stated.

 

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Shaibu storms PDP secretariat for Certificate of Return, threatens legal action

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The crisis in PDP took a dramatic twist on Wednesday as Edo Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, stormed the party secretariat demanding issued the of certificate of return for winning Edo PDP gubernatorial primary election.

Mr Asue Ighodalo, equally as the candidate of the party in another primary held same day in the same city.

NAN further reports that Ighodalo was issued the certificate of return on Monday by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC).

The PDP acting National Chairman, Malam Umar Damagum, presented the certificate to Ighodalo at a ceremony at the party’ss National Secretariat at Wadata Plaza, Zone 5 Wuse, Abuja.

Damagum while presenting the certificate said that the party was united in its drive to retain the Edo governor’s seat.

According to him, “PDP is one and the party organised and recognised only the primary election which took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin and produced Ighodalo as its candidate.’’

Surprisingly, Shaibu came to the party secretariat insisting he was the authentic winner of the party primary for the election and should be issued the certificate of return.

He said it was not a surprise that he came for the certificate, as the PDP guidelines for Edo 2024 governorship primary, had approved Feb. 28 for the issuance of the certificate.

“Why I am here is to obey the guidelines to come and receive the certificate of return and I was told that somebody else came yesterday and was given the certificate.

“I think the court will tell among us who is the real candidate, but I am here in fulfillment of the electoral guidelines of the PDP to receive my certificate.

“I have a document here where those that conducted the primary submitted same to the office of the National Organising Secretary. From this document you will see the mess that took place in Edo.

“This primary cannot be put aside. I am ready for us to correct the abnormalities in the party’s internal democracy because that is the beginning of the sustenance of democracy in the country.

According to him, if the party does not get it right, the foundation of our democracy is already been threatened.

“We will not fold our hands and watch what we laboured for being destroyed. Some people died in the process,’’ he said.

Shaibu, who alleged that the party’s primary was compromised from the onset, demanding that all observed abnormalities must be corrected.

He also alleged that those who conducted his faction’s primary election submitted its report nut unfortunately were being threatened to re-write another report.

“This is a committee that was put together by the NWC. If the PDP is serious and ready to win Edo, they must do what is right.

“I am telling our members in Edo not to be worried; we will get to the promise land.

“Edo will be the place where we will reset how internal democracy can be strengthened so that the foundation of democracy is not destroyed,’’ he said.

Shaibu said he had earlier informed party leaders that he would go for his certificate of return, but was surprised that none of them was in the office except secretariat staff.

“I don’t know why they are not here. That is strange,’’ he said.

Shaibu said he would have no option than to go to court if the party leaders refuse to issue him the certificate of return as the party‘s candidate.

According to him, if the party internal mechanism is followed there will not be need to go to court.

“But, if the party is not ready to listen, the next line of action will be the judiciary, but I pray we don’t get there and that is why I came here today,’’ he said.

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Ortom expresses willingness to submit to probe of his administration

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By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

The immediate past Governor of Benue State, Chief Samuel Ortom has welcomed the inauguration of two Judicial Commissions by his successor, Governor Hyacinth Alia, to probe the activities of his administration between 2015 and 2023.

In a press statement signed by Terver Akase media Aide to the Ortom, the former Governor expressed his willingness to cooperate with the probe panels as long as the investigation is carried out in line with the law and stressed that his administration was built on transparency, accountability, and good governance.

He emphasised his readiness to provide any information or clarification, as may be required.

Chief Ortom also urged his former appointees to equally make themselves available whenever called upon to provide clarifications.

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Ortom, Suswam preach unity at PDP expanded caucus meeting

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By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

Immediate past governor of Benue State, Chief Samuel Ortom, former Governor of Benue State, Senator Gabriel Suswam and Senate minority leader, Senator Patrick Moro on Monday urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), in Benue State to work for the unity of the party in the state.

The PDP leaders made the disclosure at the PDP expanded caucus meeting, held at the party’s Secretariat in Makurdi.

In his remark, Chief Ortom told party members that there was no friction between him, Senator Suswam and Senator Moro.

He urged PDP members to discountenace the rumors that he was decamping to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Chief Ortom further said while members support those in authority at the state and federal level to provide dividends of democracy, they must not lose sight of the fact that they are PDP members, and must play their role as a credible and constructive opposition.

Earlier, Senator Suswam called on party members not to dwell on the mistakes of the past, but learn from the mistakes of the past in order for the party to move forward.

He stressed that leaders of the party in the state have closed ranks in order to build the party and ensure it returns back to power in 2027.

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Patrick Moro urged party members to remain steadfast and committed as the good old days of the party were coming back.

The Senate Minority Leader disclosed that those waiting to see quarrel between the PDP leaders in Benue State will be disappointed as Chief Ortom, Senator Suswam and himself have resolved to work together for the party.

He assured party members that the PDP was going to bounce back, adding that the leadership of the party was going to be returned to the people in line with the party’s slogan ‘power to the people.’

The governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2023 elections, Rt. Hon Titus Uba appreciated party members for finding him and his running mate, Sir John Ngbede, worthy to fly the Party’s flag, and added that the party needs to be united  to be a credible and formidable opposition.

The Minority Leader of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Audu, disclosed that members of the PDP in the State Assembly are united and ready to support the party anytime.

Chief David Amo, who spoke for Zone ‘A’, Elder Laha Dzever who spoke for Zone ‘B’ and Rt. Hon Hassan Saleh who spoke for Zone ‘C’ all stressed the need for party unity and expressed optimism with the fortunes of the party as leaders of the party have resolved to work together.

Former Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly and member of PDP Board of Trustees, Chief. Mrs. Margareth Icheen, Benue State Women Leader of the PDP, Mrs. Abeje Ewa, Idu Banke who spoke for the youths all commended the leaders of the party in the state for coming together to ensure the party returns to power in 2027.

The State Chairman of the party, Sir John Ngbede also announced vacancies for the position of National Ex-Officio from the state and Zonal Chairman of the PDP for Zone ‘B’ Senatorial

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