By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu has denied news suggesting that he is preventing Ekiti State Government from accessing financial bailout from the Federal Government.Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had through its publicity secretary,Â Mr. Adebayo Jackson accused Ojudu of making efforts to prevent the state government from obtaining the intervention funds.
Ojudu stated that â€œFirst let me state correctly that the parameters for accessing a bailout or any other Federal Government’s largesse is the same for all states of the federation and no single person, no matter how highly placed, can doctor that of any state to score any cheap political point.
â€œSecondly, as the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, I am not in the economic team of Mr. President, and as such have no input in the allocations going to any state, be it that of monthly or bailout. I am simply an adviser on political matters.
â€œThirdly, the only person saddled with the responsibility of claiming whatever rightly belongs to a state is the governor of the state. No other person can influence or dissuade government from granting it.â€
He added that it could be foolhardy of anyone to block the benefits accrued to his home state in the name of playing politics. President Muhammadu Buhari or Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will neither respect such opinion nor the person coming up with it.
â€œFifthly, assuming that I have the privilege of influencing the bailout or meeting the set parameters, I would use such influence to favour my home state, considering the fact that I also have relatives and loved ones among the workers, both at the state and local level, suffering under Fayose’s misgovernance.â€ He wrote.