*AC singing discordant tune, says Akala
By Ola Ajayi
IBADANâ€”Action Congress, AC, in Oyo State has challenged the State Governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala to publish how his administration has spent mind-boggling amount of money it realized in the past 31 months as the people of the state reserve the right to know the status of the government treasury.
AC gave the challenge in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Mr. Wasiu Olatunbosun.
Listing how money comes to the coffers of government, it said the administration received N27billion from the Federal Government in a single day in February this year, over N1b monthly IGR throughout the year, frequent excess crude money, and average of N3b monthly allocation from the federation account.
All this, he alleged, was wasted on social functions, foreign trips, political patronages â€œwhich make the governor ranked the least prudent in the history of the nationâ€.
But Governor Alao-Akala replied the party saying, â€œthe latest diatribe by the AC is a discordant note compared to the general feeling of collective satisfaction of our people on the fiscal deployment of the stateâ€™s finance.â€
Asking him to explain how the money is being spent, Prince Dotun Oyelade, the Special Adviser on Public Communication, who spoke for the governor said â€œit was so annoying when the governor just gave an exhaustive account barely two weeks agoâ€.
The call by the party, he noted, showed that there was a clear disconnect between the people and the opposition in the state.
According to the party, â€œwe challenge the governor to publish in two national dailies to reflect how much was realized and how every kobo was spent as against the practice whereby some governorâ€™s mouthpiece would resort to casting aspersions on constructive criticism while other foot-soldiers spread propaganda, especially on all the airwaves of the state owned broadcast media.â€.
It alleged that the state is currently under the siege of violent politicking, official corruption and maladministration.
It said, with the way things are, the state cannot survive another reign of a government that is popular for intimidating its citizens, promoting violence by harboring and sponsoring political thugs and squandering the resources that are supposed to benefit the society on self aggrandizement, political patronage and frivolities.