By Adekola Afolabi
Ondo State government has reacted to the allegations of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State that government is planning to deduct workers’ salary to fund Amotekun.
The government described the PDP allegations as imaginary and deliberate falsehood.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Richard Olatunde, said government has no plan of deducting workers’ salary for any purpose.
He added that the Governor Akeredolu -led Administration has continued to show commitment and prioritized workers’ welfare in the last five years.
“It has become imperative to expose the drowning Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State in its latest attempt to sell blatant lies and sponsor spurious allegations to the people of the state, especially as regards the welfare of workers.
“The latest lie from the stable of the PDP is wrapped around an imaginary deduction of workers’ salary to fund Amotekun. As usual, the PDP is famous for twisting facts and disseminate falsehood to mask its dark intentions of hoodwinking the innocent members of the public.
“While we concede to the PDP, its right to constantly dive into self-ridicule, it remains the responsibility of Government to continuously alert the public of deliberate falsehood under any guise.
“To set the record straight, the Ondo State Government has no plan of deducting workers’ salary for any purpose. Rather, the Governor Akeredolu -led Administration has continued to show commitment and prioritize workers’ welfare in the last five years.
“The allegation of planned salary deduction is imaginary. It is an embarrassing falsehood fabricated by a party whose penchant for lies is legendary.
“Obviously, the workers in the state through the organized Labour have shown commitment and support for Amotekun. The workers in their wisdom have voluntarily supported the state Security Network “Amotekun” with the donation of 30 motorcycles. The Government was grateful to receive this generous donation.
“The PDP must have a heinous plot with its frequent attack on the progress and successes of the Amotekun corps. One would have expected that matters of security should cut across board irrespective of political differences.
“The PDP takes delight in playing politics with the lives of the people. Its endless fabrication of falsehood to halt the success of Amotekun or discourage well meaning individuals from supporting the security network, is mind-boggling.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Government of Ondo State under the leadership of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, will continue to prioritize workers’ welfare.
“Members of the public, especially the civil servants are , however, urged to disregard the PDP. There are no plans to deduct workers salary and clearly no circular was issued to that effect.
“We challenge the PDP to publish or make public any circular on their imaginary deductions as claimed”, the statement said.