By Emma AMAIZE, Warri
GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has challenged one of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants in the state, Chief Ovie Omo-Agege, who accused him of mismanaging N600 billion funds belonging to substantiate his claim.
Speaking in an interactive session with newsmen in Warri, Governor Uduaghan said, “My simple reaction is that when you accuse me, you should also show the proof. If you accuse me of mismanaging N600 billion, you should bring proof. But every kobo, we have received in this state”
“It is not enough to point accusing fingers at somebody, saying the person spent N600 billion, you should come out with proof. That is why I am in love with the advert in one national newspaper to the effect that if you accuse anybody of fraud, you should come up with supporting proof, otherwise, they will not publish your advertisement.
In his words, “Let me also say that when we mount the soapbox, we will say a lot of things, but, let those have been in government before not throw stones. Let me just advice that if you have been in government before, do not throw stones because there is a way those stones can boomerang if we open up something. I just want to end it at that”.
According to him, “I can account for it very well and when the time comes, I will account for it. Right now, we are preparing a document that is more than our Facts and Figures that the state government prepared before to tell Deltans how their money was spent”.
Governor Uduaghan, however, noted, “You see, when people talk about funds coming to the state, they do not appreciate that we have a very high overhead in terms of salaries.
As at today, our wages, pension, running of government and all that take almost 70 per cent of what comes at the end of the month. So, if for instance in a month, averagely, we get N9 billion, we spent close to N6 billion on overhead and by the time remove 50 per cent for DESOPADEC, you will appreciate that what is left is quite small”.