Posted by By SEYE OJO, Ibadan on
Fresh facts emerged on Thursday that the leaders of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State were now at loggerheads over the recent allegation leveled by a group within the party, Patriotic Forum, that Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala had mismanaged the N27 billion excess crude oil fund released to the state by the Federal Government.
Daily Sun gathered that the development, has led to a situation whereby the juggernauts within the party were exchanging missiles of words in order to justify the stand of each group in the ensuing imbroglio which was said to have polarized the party.
A Third Republic lawmaker, Senator Lekan Balogun, had through the media lambasted the critics of the governor on the accusation as he dissociated some elders of the party from the criticism, urging the elements behind the media releases to stop hiding under the cover of the group to perpetrate their self-interest.
But the Patriotic Forum in a release signed on Thursday by Elder Jide Ajao has warned the senator to desist from putting what does not concern him on his head, saying, “we hope the senator will realize the damage he is already doing to his own image and make amends before it is too late.
“We are waiting for governor Akala to reply the people of the state as they deserve to know how their petroleum windfall is being spent.
“We wonder if Senator Balogun consulted the other leaders of the Elders Forum before going to the press for the uncalled for rebuttal of a matter that really did not concern him.
“Given Senator Balogun’s unstable position in the struggle for justice in Oyo PDP, he is definitely not in a position to speak for the other leaders of the Elders’ Forum on the issue under consideration,” the forum said.
The statement pointed out that the forum was not surprised to read Senator Balogun’s reaction to what he described as honest posers made to Governor Alao-Akala on N27 billion windfall, adding that the forum was at lost on whose agenda Senator Balogun was working out.
The Patriotic Forum had challenged the state governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, to justify his quest for a second term in office by publishing the achievements of his administration in the state since May 29, 2007.
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