By Demola Akinyemi
ILORIN—Kwara State governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, has denied removing chairman of Parent Teachers Association, PTA, in the state for allegedly criticizing the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Governor Ahmed said this in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede, in Ilorin.
According to the statement, the PTA is a non-governmental organization which is not subject to governmental control, including removal or suspension of its officials.
The governor dismissed Sahara Reporters’ story which claimed that he punished the PTA chairman as the latest instalment in the online medium’s sponsored attacks on the person of Dr. Saraki.
Ahmed stressed that he and the Senate President fully supported the constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of expression and could neither have instigated nor directed the removal of the PTA chairman on account of his alleged criticism of Dr. Saraki.
He also described as false and mischievous the medium’s claim that the state government’s support for Dr. Saraki in his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal was responsible for the delay in the payment of salaries of workers.