Things fall apart, the center no longer hold, men’s anarchy upon men is loosed upon the staff working in the office of the Acting Governor of Delta State, Mr Kingsley Otuaro. This was the cries from some members of the Deputy Governor of Delta State convoy team over the continued short changing of largess by some aides of the Delta State Deputy Governor without his knowledge. Otuaro is currently the Acting Governor of the oil rich state, as the State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa is on leave.
Secret Reporters insider sources in the office of the Deputy Governor revealed that some members of Otuaro’s Convoy team threw blows in a free for all public fight over a misery sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000) given to the full convoy team by the Ondo State Commissioner for Lands & Survey in Akure, during an amnesty program on Thursday, 9th November, 2017, held in Ondo State.
According to one of our sources, the money was handed over to the ADC to the Acting Governor, Sergeant Ade by the Commissioner for the team, but the sharing formula and shortchanging of some persons led to the free for all fights, while the Protocol and Press unit teams were not considered, while sharing the money. Even some political appointees who insisted on being part of the largess were not left out in the fight.
We gathered authoritatively that the almighty Protocol Unit that is usually known for shortchanging other units especially the Press, Security and Bomb Units was a victim of the ADC, Sergeant Ade high handedness.
Our source noted that this is not the first time that aides of Otuaro will be shortchanging other assumed smaller and un-influential units and departments of the office especially the press and bomb units who have been a major victim of this man inhumanity to man.
It was alleged that even the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Governor, Steve Eruoto, in one of the presentation of staff of Office assignment, in Umukwata in Ukwuani collected the sum of N120,000 from the Personal Assistant to King of Umukwata, meant for the press claiming that, he will give the money to them as he was the boss in charge of the entire team, but till the time of filling this report, nothing has been heard about the money, narrated a source to us. No member of the team has dared ask him for fear of being dealt with. Even monies meant for other journalist who covered the event was allegedly collected by the Deputy Governor aides
“The Protocol unit is full of chronic liars that go about using the name of the Deputy Governor to obtain any visitors or proposed ones seeking for government attention or favors” stated one of our sources. The source further revealed that the Press and Bomb Units fear the Protocol Unit so much because of its closeness to Otuaro.
The source also stated that how the Deputy Chief of Staff got involved in these racketeering is still a surprised to all members of the convoy.
We were also reliably informed that at the recent presentation of staff of office in Patani, money meant for both Protocol and press was collected by aides of the Deputy Governor from the Council Chairperson, Hon. Abeki. These aides in collaboration with the Deputy Chief of Staff has continued to pocket money of appreciation meant for the team, even that of the Deputy Governor himself is also collected without his knowledge. They used his names to dupe anyone who passes through them to see the number two man of the State.
Our source noted that the aides, especially the top ranking ones close to the Deputy Governor has continued to undermine the simplicity, generous and fatherly nature of the Delta State deputy governor, to wreck havoc on other smaller non influential units. “They will approach Oga on behalf of other units, and when the money is released, it will never get to the hands of the smaller non influential units”, a source confided in this newspaper.
Our source revealed that a complete showdown is eminent in the Deputy Governor’s team as some aides who felt being sidelined and shortchanged in the scheme of this cabal sharing of money, vowed to expose this wicked act to the deputy governor. To make good their threat, they exchanged blows in Warri, close to Otuaro’s house over the N500,000 largess.
The source also disclosed that one of the security personnel attached to Otuaro once threatened to shoot some members of the Aides especially the protocols.
“Ade, a well known drunkard dare eat my money I will report him to Oga. Can’t he behave like the Convoy Commander who everybody loved “lamented one of the security personnels to our source.
All efforts made to reach the Deputy Chief of Staff on his mobile number 08035433*** proved abortive as his line was perpetually switched off, while SMS sent to him was not replied to before press time.