The outgoing Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, decried the absence of the Accountant-General of Delta State, Cyril Agbele, at an event the governor held ahead of the handover ceremony scheduled for Friday.
Udughan said this was “in bad faith.”
The governor, who stated this when local Permanent Secretaries and retired Permanent Secretaries paid him a farewell visit at Government House, Asaba, expressed surprise that after a discussion on arrangements for the inauguration of the new administration, including security and entertainment, the Accountant-General made himself “incommunicado.”
“The Accountant General has disappeared in the last five – six days. The truth is that on Thursday we met and I told him we have some payments to make in the areas of the swearing-in ceremony coming up tomorrow (Friday), he did not object, he did not say no and on Sunday, I was calling him but he was not picking my calls.”
“And of course on Monday his phones were put off and on Tuesday, he sent in a paper that he was sick. By Wednesday, he sent in a memo and I find this act very inconsistent and irresponsible. If there is something that I am doing that is not right, he should be free to tell me it is not right rather than disappearing. Imagine running the affairs of the state for a week without funds, even security men have started withdrawing from their posts across the state.”
He alleged a conspiracy.
“There is a security implication of this, particularly when peace and security is a key agenda of my administration and I cannot compromise on it. It is a conspiracy to grind my administration to a halt and an attempt to set me up on a collision course with the incoming administration. I think it is very irresponsible.”
Agbele could not be reached for comment.
Ifeanyi Okowa will be sworn in Friday to succeed Uduaghan.