By Austin Ogwuda
Asabaâ€”BARELY a year after a team of Delta Peoples Democratic Partyâ€™s (PDP) monitoring team went on assessment tours of twenty five local government councils in the state, the result of the performances of the respective councils is yet to be made public.
This has consequently thrown up speculations that the report might have been dumped due to political pressures.
Delta State PDP Chairman, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, had while officially flagging off the tour in Bomadi local government area on September 8, 2008, promised that the team at the end of the exercise will turn in a report that is transparent and would be made public as well.
Exactly eleven months after he made the promise, the result is yet to be released.
He had admonished council chairmen to ensure that the statutory allocations from the Federal Government was judiciously used to make life meaningful for the people at the grassroots.
He further made clear that the age of bribing party officials with money meant for the improvement of the lives of the people was over, noting that â€œthe time for Ghana-must-go and Godfatherism is goneâ€.
VANGUARD investigation has, however, shown that some of the powerful members of the team were not comfortable with the outcome of their â€˜political sonsâ€™ heading some of the local government councils that did not measure up to expectation.
This was said to have elicited pressures to the effect that the result be kept in abeyance, whereas some of top politicians were kicking against it, decrying such godfatherism attitude.
The team was supposed to have continued beaming its searchlight on other areas, but it was discovered that the non release of the local government councilsâ€™ result has become an albatross.
State deputy chairman of the party, Chief Ighoyota Amori, had told the press last year on the take off of the exercise thatÂ â€œthe monitoring team isÂ further charged to monitor the activities of the various councils, the parastatals of government, like DESOPADEC, Director Labour Agency, PPEB, SUBEB, constituency projects for national and state assembly membersâ€