By Festus Ahon
ASABA—A group, Legacy Group, has described the allegation of blank budget and improper management of the Paris Club refund levelled against Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State by a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, as unreasonable, unpatriotic and self serving.
Speaking at a press conference in Asaba, the state capital, Vice President of the group, Dr. Chris Okobah, said: “Those of us in the Legacy Group have taken time to investigate the controversy surrounding the deployment of Paris Club refund in all the states of the country and we scored the government of Delta State high.
“I am sure that most of you here must have read in the newspapers the total sum the state got on account of the Paris Club refund in the three tranches and how it was distributed. We, theretore, consider the alarm raised by Dr Ojougboh in which he alleged improper management of the Paris Club refund as a non-issue.
“We believe the reason Dr Ojougboh raised this false alarm is to distract the government.
“A blank budget cannot exist, otherwise it is not a budget. Every well-meaning person can attest to the fact that the Delta State 2017 budget was publicly presented in November 2016, passed in February 2017 and signed into law in March 2017 as reported in various media.”