The political crisis in Ogun State, took another dimension on Saturday as the Abeokuta South local government allegedly rejected some notebooks donated by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Honourable Dimeji Bankole.
It was gathered that the rejection of the education materials w a fallout of the schism within the Ogun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This is the second time the local government will be rejecting a donation from Bankole, as the council reportedly had earlier rejected 17 transformers the Speaker attempted to present to the local government area.
The rejected notebooks, with Bankole’s picture and the House emblem on it were reportedly brought to the council, Isale Ake-Abeokuta, secretariat of the local government area in a Lagos Commercial bus.
The driver was not allowed to off-load the notebooks after the council’s Information and Education officer, Mr. Wasiu Egunjobi told him that he had not received any instruction from the local government authorities to take delivery from the Speaker.
The Chairman of the local government, Mr. Yanju Lipede, told our correspondent on Sunday that the donation was not only ill-timed but was meant to create confusion in the council.
Lipede alleged that the donation had an ulterior motive which the donor failed to disclose.
He said, “About six weeks ago, we inaugurated our free exercise and textbooks for our pupils in the 49 public schools in the local government.
“A month before we did that, we started announcing the ceremony. If anybody had any intention of contributing, shouldn’t that had been the proper time to donate the books?
“Why should anybody be bringing books to the local government on Saturday for that matter and even without any prior knowledge of such?
But the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Communications, Chief Kayode Odunaro, explained that Bankole was moved by the need to help the pupils of the public schools in the constituency.
Odunaro, who however, said he did not have the details of what happened on Saturday, explained that he would get in touch with the officials of the Speaker’s constituency office in Abeokuta before making a comment.
“I believe that if the Speaker has donated books, it will be inappropriate if the children are not allowed to use the books, because of political considerations; though, I don’t support a situation where some officials will take the books there without following the normal procedure”, he said.