The embattled Chairman of Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State, Wale Adedayo, has disclosed that all his colleagues in other council areas were in support of the petition against the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.
Adedayo, said this while speaking with newsmen, soon after his release by operatives of the Department of State Security Services on Monday.
Adedayo said he was summoned by the DSS based on petition written against him that he was making inciting comments that could jeopardize public peace.
Adedayo said, “They claimed there is a letter from the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, that I was making inciting comments against the state government, but I told them that there was nothing like that or who did they say I have incited?
“That I was planning protest but I said I don’t know anything about that and I told them that I have only done what my conscience said that I should do and this I did with my other colleagues Chairmen despite the fact that they all ran back.
“My conscience is very clear in the letter I wrote to Chief Olusegun Osoba, the former governor of the state and a national leader of our our party, APC.
“Some of the chairmen had inputs in the letter, I only did the editing of the letter, put my name there and then sent it and what is written in the letter affect all the council chairmen, so it is not about getting their backing or not. So what the Governor wanted me to do was to do a retraction of what the letter contained, but I said that I won’t do that.”
“The DSS later said the governor said that I have embarrassed him and I said if the governor felt that I have embarrassed him, I am sorry, but the truth is that the facts are there for whoever care to see.
“I am not fighting with Governor Abiodun, he is my friend, he’s my egbon, my senior brother, but my own take is if the local governments are doing well, its all to the credit of Mr Governor, he’s the one people will be talking about and I gave them the example of the government of Otunba Gbenga Daniel between 2003 to 2011.
“If you go to the 236 wards in the state, you will see the footprints of this government at the grassroots. The people will be saying Gbenga Daniel did this, he did that but it was the local government chairmen that did all of these projects yet people till today will be shouting the name of Gbenga Daniel. And all of these were made possible because the governor allowed the local governments to have access to their federal allocations.
“So, I said same thing will be happening if Governor Abiodun allow the local governments to have access to their funds.
“Then they came up with the issue of being sponsored. I am 57 and I know what is good for the people. No one is sponsoring me and they said that I should apologise and do a retraction, but I said no. I said if the governor said that he was embarrassed, I am sorry but I equally added that if the governor had funded the local governments, all would have been to his credit, I wrote all of this for the DSS.”
Speaking on the next line of action, Adedayo said, “I will certainly go to court to challenge my illegal suspension, because on the day of my suspension over 100 police officers came to my local government and I asked to do what, maybe if I had shown my face on that day I might not even be here one piece.”
On the claim by JAAC that no dime of the local governments money was missing, the embattled Chairman said, “Let them tell that to the EFCC, I have sent my letters to them. Who is even JAAC? This concern the local government chairmen and if each of them claimed that they have been collecting the money meant to develop their council areas they should be ready to account to the people.”
He said, the all the allegations raised against him that led to his purported illegal suspension were fabricated, saying that he will respond to all allegations as soon as he settles down.