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N3.5bn Debt: No Invite To Meeting With Abiodun Tomorrow - Ogun Ex - LG Political Office Holders


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The Daily Crucible | Sunday, July 17, 2022

Ogun State Ex - Local Government Political Office Holders ( 12 -15 Congress) on Sunday dispelled rumours making the rounds on social media that governor Dapo Dapo Abiodun had invited members to a meeting with him in respect of a pending N3.5bn judgement debt against Abiodun - led state government.

The body through its State Coordinator, 
Com. Nuberu Adesanya Olufemi, in a release seen by The Daily Crucible, clarified that no invitation was extended to any of the members to attend meeting with the governor on Monday (tomorrow).

According to the release titled, 'We Are too insignificant for His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR to be invited for a meeting,' Nuberu called on members across the state to be steadfast and resolute on their agitation for the collection of their entitlement(N3.5bn) as validated by an Ibadan division of National Industrial Court(NIC).

"We wish to state in a clearer term that Ogun State Ex - Local Government Political Office Holders ( 12 -15 Congress) does not have such invitation and we couldn't have been listed to be part of such fire brigade approach.

"We had in the past met with representatives of state government, including but not limited to Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Commissioner for Finance to mention but a few, the channels of communication of such meeting were quite decent and honourable. Hence, the rumors of a meeting with His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR, to us is a mere wishful hallucinations by the proponent until when officially communicated. 

"We therefore, call on our members across the state to be steadfast and resolute on our agitation for the collection of entitlement as validated by National Industrial Court," he stated.

The NIC sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, had on the last Valentine's Day, ordered the Ogun State Government to pay N3.5bn to the ex - local government political office holders (2012-2015 congress).

The said money was deemed the total amount deducted from their salaries under the watch of Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who was the governor of Ogun State when the alleged illegality was routinely carried out.

Amosun is now representing Ogun Central at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

The political office holders, said to be over 500 had dragged the Ogun State Government, the governor and over a dozen others to the Industrial Court in May 2020, after several attempts to have an audience with governor Abiodun failed.

The affected past office holders reckoned that the action contravened the Ogun State Local Government Law 2008, adding that when they were leaving office in 2015, the money was not paid to them.

Delivering judgement on the matter on that fateful February 14, 2022,  Justice Dele Peters held that deducting the salaries  of the appointees via a memo was illegal, adding that "anything against statutory law is obnoxious, null and void."

The Court, therefore, proceeded to order the state government to pay the deducted salaries of the political office holders with 15% interest within 30 days to the day the judgement was delivered.

However, just while the affected persons were looking forward to when they would reap the benefits of their favourable court judgement, the governor rushed to the appellate court in Ibadan to challenge the said judgement.

 

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