By Ola Ajayi
IBADANâ€”THE Action Congress, AC, in Oyo State has condemned alleged unfair display of might against some innocent handicapped civil servants who were relieved of their jobs by Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala.
Though, they were cleared by the appeal panel that looked into their case, AC maintained that the government had refused to re-absorb them after 18 months that the case had been settled.
More pathetic, according to the partyâ€™s Director of Publicity, Mr. Wasiu Adewale, was the fact that most of the disengaged workers had served the state meritoriously for more than 20 yearsâ€.
According to the party, people at the helms of affair in the state should always bear it in mind that â€œpower is transient and that the act of governance should be seen as gross display of competence in managing state resources while effort should be made in creating an atmosphere devoid of intimidation, harassment and blackmail.
Accuses PDP of bias against c-servants
It accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state of selective judgment and undue harassment of civil servants.
This, he said, manifested in form of delay in their promotion, arbitrary sack of some civil servants under the pretext of certificate verification exercise which took place in October 2008.
â€œFor any avoidance of doubt, AC believes in genuine restructuring of civil service but this can only be appreciated if it was done with element of decency and fair play,â€ he stated
He described as unacceptable a situation where many people who were cleared of wrong doing by the appeal panel set up by the state government are allowed to suffer unduly while those who have their godfathers at the corridor of power have found their way back into the system.â€
It also warned the governor not to use public funds to pursue court cases involving him and the Central Working Committee, CWC, of the PDP under the chairmanship of Prince Vincent Ogbulafor.
It said further that recent unfolding events in the state chapter of PDP had shown that Governor Akala and his co-travelers of state executive had lost out in the power struggle to pioneer leaders of the party.
This, he added, had forced the governor and his group to seek redress in court. He alleged that the party had got the hint that the state funds would be used in raising a legal team.
He said the action was a gross abuse of public funds with the intention meant to insult the intelligence of people in the state.