The All Progressives Congress in Oyo State has raised the alarm over the alleged plot by the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government to cripple the activities of APC state governors through reductions and withholding of their statutory allocations.
In a statement by its Director of Publicity and Strategy in the state, Olawale Sadare, the APC condemned some PDP leaders from the state for allegedly collaborating with the Presidency to actualise the plot.
He said, “We are glad that Governor Abiola Ajimobi administration maintains its resolve to prioritise the promotion of workers’ welfare as it has been able to pay good salaries, bonuses and allowances as well as promoting them. This is evident in the fact that no industrial action has been recorded in the current dispensation.
“But regrettably, the sterling performances of Ajimobi and other APC governors have been a source of threat to the PDP elements notorious for their poor governance mantra and they have a face-saving grace in using their federal might to short-change the performing governors in the area of statutory allocations to states.
“This has been the case since June, 2014 and Oyo State is one of the worst hit.
“But for Ajimobi’s managerial acumen and vision, the economy of the state would have been grounded. Even when some pampered PDP state governors owe their workers up to six month salaries, Ajimobi still struggles to pay as he receives a paltry N2.9bn monthly allocation when he has a wage bill of N4.95bn to offset every month.
“Unfortunately, the same opposition party leaders, who are directly or indirectly responsible for the problem, go about telling members of the public lies with a view to setting the electorate against a government that has restored sanity to the management of state finances.”
APC challenged those it alleged to be accusing the state government of financial recklessness not to mislead the public with the approach of the general elections.