How Xmas Package Sacked Five CTC Chairmen In Rivers State
The recent sack of five local government caretaker committees in Rivers State has been traced to controversies surrounding the disbursement of Christmas goodies to party faithful in their respective LGAs.
The CTCs of Ahoada-West, Asari-Toru, Bonny, Degema, and Oyigbo LGAs were dissolved by the state governor, Nyesom Wike last week. Findings by TNN indicate the committee members especially the chairmen were involved in different malfeasance which irked the governor and led to their sack.
All 23 local government caretaker committees are members of the governor’s party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
TNN reliably learnt that upon receiving reports from some party stakeholders that their supporters in various wards across the state did not receive anything during the yuletide season, Wike summoned the chairmen for explanations.
One of them, TNN learnt, was exposed by his predecessor, who is also the party chairman in the LGA. The governor summoned him in the presence of his LGA party leader, who is also a commissioner and two time former LGA chairman of the area.
A stakeholder of the party in the LGA confided in TNN in Port Harcourt that the chairman was allegedly “given money to buy 120 bags of rice and about 30 cows to share to party faithful. Besides, instead of the normal N6 million security vote, he was given N10m because of the festive period”.
“He didn’t do any of them; rather, he shared the cash with the LGA party leader and the member representing the LGA in the state house of assembly. It was in a meeting with the governor that the party chairman complained to the governor that as a party chairman, he neither received a cup of rice nor cash in celebration of the season”.
The governor allegedly got angry and opened up everything on what was allotted to the CTC chairman and asked him to leave his presence immediately.
The commissioner reportedly left him there in anger. It was the lawmaker that drove him back.
When contacted to get his reactions, the assembly member declined comments, but assured that “hopefully, a new CTC chairman will soon be screened and sworn in to take charge.”