BENIN—FORMER Vice Chairman of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, in Edo State, Mr Gani Audu, weekend, faulted the allegation by the former Chairman of Esan North-East Local Government Area of the state, Mr John Yakubu, that the Governor Adams Oshiomhole administration deducted money from local government allocations in the state while he was chairman of the council.
He challenged Yakubu, who also is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to specifically tell the world how the governor deducted the funds from his allocation, noting that he (Gani) was council chairman before Yakubu came in, as there was no time the governor deducted money from the council’s allocation.
It will be recalled that Yakubu had alleged in an interview, that Governor Oshiomhole deducted council funds while he was chairman of Esan North East. But describing the allegation as reckless and untrue, Audu, who is currently a member of the state House of Assembly said: “I was a local government chairman from 2003-2010.
“I was the Vice Chairman of ALGON then. Yakubu met me in 2007 and we left together in 2010. Joefel was chairman then, they should ask him. Let us tell ourselves the truth rather than play politics of blackmail. Some of these former chairmen are still in PDP, so Yakubu should be definite and tell us what Oshiomhole asked him to bring the money for. He should be specific rather than make unguarded statements in the newspapers.”