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Protest­ing Edo coun­cil­lors fight over N.25m mo­bil­i­sa­tion

- From Us­man A. Bello, Benin Nigeria News · Politics · Edo State · Benin City · Nigeria · People’s Democratic Party (Nigeria)

The protest by elected coun­cil­lors in Edo State over the non-pay­ment of their five months salaries took a new di­men­sion yes­ter­day when they en­gaged them­selves over N250,000 al­legedly given to them to stage the protest.

The coun­cil­lors, who are mainly mem­bers of the APC, had staged a peace­ful protest on the streets of Benin, the Edo State cap­i­tal to de­mand the pay­ment of their salaries and other en­ti­tle­ments.

But over an hour af­ter leav­ing the sec­re­tar­iat of the Nige­ria

Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ) Edo State Coun­cil, the pro­test­ers re­turned and en­gaged in a war of words over the mo­bil­i­sa­tion money.

They al­leged that the spon­sor of the protest had given the money to mo­bilise them for the protest. Trou­ble, how­ever, en­sued over the shar­ing for­mula of the money.

One of the lead­ers of the group, who de­nied re­ceiv­ing any money for the protest, how­ever, ex­plained that they con­trib­uted the said amount to mo­bi­lize oth­ers for the protest.

Ear­lier, the group's lead­ers, Hon Emwing­hare Os­abuo­hien, al­leged that the state gover­nor, God­win Obaseki, had stopped their salaries since May for re­fus­ing to fol­low him to the PDP.

Re­spond­ing, Gover­nor Obaseki through his spokesman, Cru­soe Osagie, de­nied ow­ing salaries and emol­u­ments of the coun­cil­lors.

"So, the claims be­ing made by some peo­ple over owed salaries are base­less. The al­le­ga­tion that these per­sons are be­ing owed over po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences is even more ridicu­lous. The al­le­ga­tions are false and should be dis­re­garded,” he said.

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