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Ogun debunks claims on LGs fund diversion as APC accuses opposition PDP of ‘uninformed muckraking’

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State has described as “uninformed muckraking” a call by the People’s Democratic Party (Party) and its defeated candidate in the last governorship election over unsubstantiated allegations on LG Fund.

In a statement issued in Abeokuta on Tuesday and signed, the APC said Like a sinking man in the sea who will jump at anything, including a straw, the PDP in Ogun State has jumped into the fray of the current discussion on local government allocation in the state.

Just as the state government said, the Dapo Abiodun-led administration has often had to augment the funds allocated to local governments in the state from the Federation Account to enable them to meet their obligations.

While reacting to a letter credited to the Chairman of Ijebu East Local Government, Wale Adedayo, alleging zero revenue allocation to local governments in the state since 2021, he said it had never tampered with local government funds.

It wondered how adding to the funds allocated to the local councils to enable them to meet their obligations amounted to hijacking their funds.

It said that funds meant for local governments in the state are being handled by the constitutionally recognized Joint Account and Allocation Committee (JAAC).

It said that funds meant for local governments in the state are being handled by the constitutionally recognized Joint Account and Allocation Committee (JAAC).

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In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the state governor, Lekan Adeniran, the government said that JAAC members ensure that the third tier of government gets the required allocations for optimal performance.

It was noted that the latest meeting of the JAAC was held last week and was widely reported in the media.

At the meeting, which was held at the Conference Hall, Oba’s Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, over N5 billion was shared among the 20 local government areas, out of which over N2 billion went into paying teachers.

“Between May 2023, when the Governor was sworn in for the second term, and July 2023, the JAAC shared among 20 local governments N4.531 billion, N4.444 billion, and N4.497 billion, respectively, on first-line charges, and just last week, N5.2 billion was shared among the local governments for the month of August, “the statement said.

The APC statement on its part reads: “One would have expected a serious party to make an investigation and access credible data before commenting, but not surprisingly, the PDP and its defeated governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu, who is currently a fugitive in the UK, jumped into the fray with an opportunistic agenda, asking for the “impeachment” of Governor Dapo Abiodun.

“The state government has rightly made its position known on the issue and awaits due process of law, especially when the character involved claimed to have written a petition to the relevant agencies of the federal government.

It is obvious that the PDP, whose government in Ogun State broke the records of maladministration and thuggery, assumes that Ogun people have forgotten and that the present government will be like theirs of the ignoble past.  A party that recently boasted of victory at the Tribunal no longer wants to wait; it’s now singing a song of “impeachment”.

“We urge the discerning people of Ogun State to ignore the machinations of these sore losers, who were roundly rejected by Ogun people at the last general elections, despite the 200,000 preloaded Verve ATM cards used for vote buying.

“The remarkable feats of the current administration are attested to by the good people of Ogun State, and no amount of political gang-up or propaganda will distract Prince Dapo Abiodun and his team.”

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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