APC raises posers for Okowa on political appointments

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State has raised some posers for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on what the party describes as appointments based on political patronage.

In a statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Barrister Sylvester Imonina, the APC said it disagreed with the governor on the alleged quest to cut down the number of capital projects in the state. “Excuse given on non availability of funds to the Government of Delta State, purportedly caused by Coronavirus (covid-19), is bogus and unacceptable to the people,” the APC stated, adding: “It is a popular fact that in recent months, the Governor appointed thousands of political aides, largely on political patronage. Painfully, majority of the appointed Special Advisers, Special Assistants and/ or political aides do not add value to the social and economic development of the State.”

Full text of the APC statement reads:

Delta APC to Okowa: Your over-bloated appointments hamper infrastructural development

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State disagrees with Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on his quest to cut down the number of capital projects in the State. Excuse given on non availability of funds to the Government of Delta State, purportedly caused by Coronavirus (covid-19), is bogus and unacceptable to the people.

It is a popular fact that in recent months, the Governor appointed thousands of political aides, largely on political patronage. Painfully, majority of the appointed Special Advisers, Special Assistants and/ or political aides do not add value to the social and economic development of the State.

Information available to APC and the general public is that the internally generated revenue of Delta State on a monthly basis is in the neighborhood of #13 billion. On the other hand, the unaccounted/unremitted monies collected by friends and cronies of the State Government as political settlement, from business owners in Delta State are in billions of Naira!

One may quickly asks: Is it not morally wrong to use Delta monies to pay political aides who add no value to the governance of Delta State? Is it not morally wrong to cut down the capital projects that touch the lives of Deltans directly and indirectly? Apart from federal allocations and other revenues, what is the State Government doing with internally generated revenue?

APC, Delta State challenges Governor Okowa to cut down his cost of governance, foisted on Deltans through redundant political aides. Also, we challenge the State Government to be more accountable in allocations of resources of the State.

Sylvester Imonina, Esq.
Publicity Secretary, APC, Delta State.

14th March, 2020.

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