Gov AbdulFattah Ahmed has denied removing Ibrahim Oniye as chairman of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) for his recent purported comment against the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki.
Alhaji Oniye is also the Makama of Ilorin, a high-ranking chieftaincy title holder in Ilorin Emirate Council.
Also, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari has said that, there was no iota of truth that he has suspended from office, Alhaji Oniye as Makama of Ilorin over the allegation of criticizing Senator Saraki.
Ahmed, in statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede yesterday said, “the PTA is a non-governmental organization and is therefore not subject to governmental control including removal or suspension of its officials”.
Ahmed therefore dismissed the report of one of the online medium that claimed that, he punished the PTA chairman as the latest instalment in the online medium’s sponsored attacks on the person of Dr. Saraki.
The governor stressed that he and the Senate President fully support the constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of expression and could neither have instigated nor directed the removal of the PTA chairman on account of his alleged criticism of Dr. Saraki.
He also described as false, and mischievous the medium’s claim that the state government’s support for Dr. Saraki in his ongoing trial at the Code Of Conduct Tribunal was responsible for the delay in the payment of salaries of workers.