The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday, distanced himself from those President Muhammadu Buhari accused of looting local governments allocation.
The President had on Thursday, blamed governors for the underdevelopment of communities in the council areas, insisting that State governors were tampering with the monthly allocation to the local councils in Nigeria.
Reacting to the accusation in Asaba through his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, governor Okowa who is also the Vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stated that it was unfortunate for president Buhari to have made such a “blanket statement.”
“I want to say that President Buhari, as one who has all details about issues in the country, knows the governors who fall into that category of the so-called ‘thieves’ he was referring to.’
“Dr Ifeanyi Okowa does not belong there. He was one of the first governors to embrace local government autonomy when it was agreed on, just as the president did with the judiciary and the legislature,” he stated.
In other news – Buhari accuses governors of stealing LG funds
Governors struggled last night to extricate themselves from President Muhammadu Buhari’s accusation that they loot local government funds.
It will be recalled that the President had said at different fora that local government administration in the country had been emasculated by governors, who he often accused of diverting allocations to them from the federation account. Learn more