Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has declared that his administration is not owing members of the House of Assembly salaries or allowances.
He made the declaration just as he labeled the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a den of liars.
The governor who spoke on Friday during the All Progressives Congress, APC, campaign rally at Igboho, Oorelope Local Government Area of the state was reacting to claims by some opposition lawmakers from the area that his government was owing them allowances.
Ajimobi, who is the APC candidate for Oyo South Senatorial District, had led the campaign trail of the party to Oke Ogun zone of the state from Wednesday to Friday, touring all the 10 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the process.
At each stop, he canvassed support for President Muhammadu Buhari; the state governorship candidate of the party, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, and other candidates of the party for the forthcoming general election.
Ajimobi who stressed that he was not owing said since 2011, he had ensured prompt payment of salaries and allowances to all cadres of workers, as well as appointed and elected political officials of the state, safe for the recession period when he said the whole country had financial difficulties.
The governor appealed to the people of the area to vote for the APC candidates in the coming election and dump politicians and lawmakers who he said waited for the campaign period to give excuses for their poor performance in office.
Ajimobi had earlier addressed traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the community, where he promised that the APC would not disappoint them if elected into power at all levels.
At the meeting was a former Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, who is a notable leader of the community and member of the APC.
Ajimobi said, “While appreciating your support overtime for our government, I want to quickly debunk a misinformation going round from the camp of the PDP that our administration has not paid the incumbent honourable representing Oorelope constituency his entitlements and dues.
“I heard that he claimed he could not do projects because his late predecessor had been paid all the entitlements accruable to the constituency. I want to state categorically that this claim is a lie from the pit of hell.
“The honorable has been collecting all monies due to your constituency, even the vehicle that is supposed to belong to the late member was given to him. We have been fair to him. So why is he lying to you at home?
“I am the one approving their dues and allowances and I’m saying authoritatively that he has been paid all that is due to the constituency. It is now left to you, his constituents, to make amends by voting him out. PDP is a den of liars from top to bottom and you all know it.”
Asking the people to vote for the APC candidates in the forthcoming election, the governor said that the party was a populist movement that catered for the interest of the ordinary citizen.