Fresh Loan: Omo-Agege Blinded By Malice – Okowa’s spokesman – Lifestyle Nigeria
Delta State Governorship Candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has been advised to tell Deltans what he would do if voted into office rather than his sustained campaign of lies and ignorance as with the claims on a new loan request by the State Government.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, gave the admonition at the Government House, Asaba, on Thursday while reacting to some statements credited to Omo-Agege.
He said that Omo-Agege was ignorant on due process principles because he was used to unorthodox procedures hence he was misleading Deltans on the propriety of the approval recently granted to the State Government by the House of Assembly.
Ifeajika said the discounting finance of N100 billion was not a fresh loan as alleged by Omo-Agege, stressing that due process, legality and accountability were the hallmark of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration.
“It is sheer ignorance on his part and he has taken it to the level of street talk as you see in beer parlours, palm wine spots and newspaper stands where ignorant people discuss.
“He is demonstrating stark ignorance of what the issues are because we have explained that this N100 billion is nothing new.
“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is just being a due process man, a law-abiding Governor. We said from onset that Governors of other Niger Delta states didn’t even bother to go the way of approaching the legislature for approval to spend one kobo of the refund.
“They discounted theirs and spent it the way they wanted without recourse to their own legislatures. But here, the Governor went to the House of Assembly to seek permission.
“As at the time he went, it was N150 billion he wanted and he articulated the projects that the funds would be deployed to.
“He did all of that and today almost all the projects listed have been completed, inaugurated and operational.
“The pensioners are being paid from the funds earmarked for them and the only reason he went back to the House of Assembly again in compliance with due process requirements is to inform them that yes, you approved N150 billion for us but we had to reduce it to N100 billion.
“We had to do this because the lead financial agent was a bit slow hence we came down to N100 billion. Besides, the bank that was leading the consortium has changed.
“For the purpose of records, we have come back to say we did not take N150 billion again but N100 billion and that the lead agent has changed.
“That’s why we went back to the House of Assembly; we have explained it severally and it’s not a loan in the first place and not a new thing. It’s that same old bridging finance.
“He is going about deceiving people because lies are in his DNA like that of the APC. We expected that he should understand due process and law and we expected him to be applauding Okowa for following due process,” he said.
Besides the loan issue, the governor’s spokesman lampooned Omo-Agege, who is Deputy President of the Senate, for always antagonizing the present administration amidst development in all sectors and gave assurance that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa would not be distracted by detractors whose mission was to score cheap political points.
He said that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar picked Senator Okowa as Vice Presidential candidate as a result of Okowa’s excellent performance in public and private life.
On the PDP governorship candidate, he said:
“Sheriff has been Speaker for six years and counting and serving as the longest serving speaker in the state and Omo-Agege knows he has a formidable opponent in Sheriff Oborevwori. So, he should go and sit down and plan how he is going to face Sheriff at the polls,” Ifeajika stated.
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