Ondo PDP candidate, Olusola Oke, offers 5 per cent of LG funds to traditional rulers

PDP's Olusola Oke

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the October 20 Ondo state governorship election, Olusola Oke, has given insight into how he plans to disburse local government funds if elected.

Mr. Oke has offered to pay traditional rulers five per cent of all local government monthly allocations, in a frantic attempt to curry scarce support in what is expected to be a keenly contested poll.

“I am privileged to know that the money our traditional rulers are receiving is not satisfactory,” Mr. Oke said on Tuesday at a meeting with Oba Gilbert Ogunlowo, the Awosunye of Atosin, during a campaign tour.

“We will make sure that five per cent goes to our Obas to reposition the traditional institution and make it more relevant,’’ the PDP candidate said.

More than any other government tier, local governments, deemed independent in the constitution, are most caged and abused in the Nigerian system with governors taking over elections, finances and appointments at that level.

Governors are known for cornering local government allocations in addition to state funds, and releasing only personnel and overhead cost with a little “pocket money” for the local government officials each month.

Mr. Oke, a former legal adviser to the ruling party at the federal level, is entering the elections against two formidable opponents in incumbent Olusegun Mimiko of the Labour Party and the Action Congress of Nigeria candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, and other relatively notable candidates.

His offer to the chiefs again makes clear an illicit but well-known practice where governors overrun the local governments will continue if elected.

Mr. Oke said he will place traditional rulers in their rightful position if elected, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

“We are fully on ground and by the grace of God, we will make the difference clear on Oct. 20,’’ he said.

  • Rizwan Muhammad

    Part of PDP loots. Up PDP. Share the money!

  • Eddy

    This is pure act of stupidity and it is reminicent of the governor up north, who is using government funds to build Mosques and Churches. If the traditional rulers are interested in civil projects they should contest elections and present an agenda to the public.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    What gave PDP Olusola Oke the authority to give away 5% of internal generated revenue?
    So if PDP should ever get to the governor villa by accident,corruption-of looting and embezzlement will resume again just like every PDP control state and presidency.
    Ondo State indigenes must be very careful and stair away from voting by omission or mistake for PDP Olusola Oke and ACN Akeredolu both parties candidates whose manifestos ran contrary against the welfare of our people.
    Under PDP Olusola Oke and ACN Akeredolu Ondo State indigenes will bite their upper fingers bitterly.Labour Party Dr Mimiko has planted bold developmental and domestic economic growth indices in all vital governance sectors and should be re-elect to continue massive developmental projects as evidenced in the state especially the capital, from 2013 january.

    Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan,
    Writes From Canada.