BY DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA— Indication has emerged that Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has ordered the payment of severance packages of all political office holders that served between 2003 and 2011 during the administration of former Governor Gbenga Daniel.
The order for the payment which was contained in a circular issued by governor Amosun himself to the state Commissioner for Budget, Mrs. Oluwande Muoyo instructed the commissioner to pay the allowances.
Vanguard gathered Thursday that, Amosun changed his mind some months after he had stopped the payment of the cheques earlier reportedly issued by Daniel to all political office holders that served under him.
It was learnt that, first of the sledged hammer Amosun wielded on Daniel and his associates was when he stopped the order of payment made by Daniel at the twilight of his administration shortly after he was sworn into office few days after Daniel’s order.
However, Governor Amosun was reported to have said that the decision was part of his respect he has for the rule of law as well as his avowed determination to uphold justice in the state.
Vanguard gathered that the least paid among the political office holders would go home with a minimum of N3m according to the circular which was released by the governor.
Confirming the development, former Special Assistant to Daniel on Media Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Adetokunbo Fakeye who spoke with newsmen, however, appealed to Amosun to consider 13 former Daniel’s aides who had been excluded from the list before Daniel left office.
He also declared that since the severance allowance was statutory, himself as well as other 12 affected former political office holders would be eternally grateful should Amosun respect the dignity of labour and carry them along in the payment of the money.