- The PDP has accused Oyo state governor of giving out unexplainable contracts worth N50 billion
- The opposition party claimed that the APC governor used the contracts as a guise to siphon state funds
- The party also accused the governor of employing workers with the intention of increasing the minimum wage bill to frustrate Seyi Makinde
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state has accused Governor Abiola Ajimobi of siphoning the state fund by awarding projects of about N50 billion in the last two months.
The opposition party accused the governor of plotting to make the state ungovernable for the governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, by awarding unnecessary contracts and employing new workers to spike the wage bill.
In an interview with New Telegraph, the publicity secretary of the PDP in oyo state, Akeem Olatunji, said it has evidence that the outgoing governor is taking steps to frustrate the incoming governor.
He said: “We don’t make allegations when there are no evidence. In actual fact, we know that government is a continuum and we are not trying to stampede the incumbent government. Nevertheless, due process has to be followed in whatever is done. For the governor to just wake up one day and start to dash out contracts to cronies, is more or less a way of siphoning the funds of the state. About 33 excavators were recently bought with almost N10bn for local governments.
“The needs of each local government vary and so the state government should not have embarked on such project now. This is at a time when many of the local governments are finding it difficult to pay their workers’ salary as well as those of the retirees. We believe that the government should be able to prioritise people’s needs.
“Aside from this, a situation whereby within two months, more than N50billion projects were awarded by the government calls for worry. Has the government completed the projects on ground? When workers and retirees are being owed, where did they get the funds to execute those projects? If it were an ongoing project that funds were released for, no one will suspect any foul play.
"About N34billion excess crude fund belonging to the local government is in the Heritage Bank. This is not the time to spend such money anyhow, because the incoming government needs to have something to fall back on. When government is winding up like this, the whole thing becomes a bazaar with 10 per cent, 20 per cent being collected as kickbacks. That is why we are warning civil servants not to engage themselves in any transaction that can implicate them after the transition."
On the new set of workers employed by the state, the PDP secretary said: "What we are saying is that recruiting new set of workers at this time is condemnable in the sense that he was the one that said that Oyo state workforce is over bloated. If that is the position, the governor is not supposed to be the one to be employing workers underneath again.
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"Many of the state-owned tertiary institutions are under lock and key only because salaries of the workers are not paid. We are looking into increasing the subvention of those institutions because we cannot leave them to fend for themselves just like that if we want them to function effectively.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo, has asked the state’s governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, to humbly start learning the art of governance so he can fulfill his electoral promises to the people.
The APC, in a statement by its state’s publicity secretary, AbdulAzeez Olatunde, lamented that it was too early for Makinde to renege on his electoral promises.
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