Grassroots Publishers Online can report that the melodious local government Administrator genius, Dr Philip Eku Agbeyeke has decried the recent media publications which intend to smear ignominy on his well-earned reputation in the administration, describing the unfortunate development as a complete falsehood.
Agbeyeke had been alleged to be involved in maladministration and financial misappropriation of the council treasury when he served as Head of Personnel Management “HPM” in Oshimili South LGA ten years ago, but had refuted the baseless accusation.
A statement issued by Abavo (Okpe) Youths leader Comrade Augustine Nkemachor and made available to Newsmen in Asaba reads:
“Our attention has been drawn to a press report carried on the Oasis Magazine/Online and Fresh Angel online, captioned “Anxiety in Delta Council as indigenes, staff call for removal of administrative head”.
“After reading the said publication, our immediate reaction was to discountenance the story, but on a second thought, as a respected son of Abavo Kingdom and a man of integrity who has served in various local government across the state with many good track records and credentials, we are forced to release this press statement, knowing that if it is not refuted, the general public may erroneously believe the story to be true.
“The said story is a figment of the imagination of the sponsored write up and the said write-up is a complete falsehood and a classical example of bread and butter journalism.
Agbeyeke has never in his entire life, been associated with maladministration and financial misappropriation of any council treasury and has never been found wanting or issued any query or indicted by his employers or any security agency in the past or present in Nigeria for financial misappropriation. So the writer who authored the story is at best playing a script written for him by his detractors. In area of butter journalism, the aim is to destroy his hard earned reputation and long years of service.
It was also alleged that Dr Agbeyeke lobbied and bribed the Local Service Commission to post him to Oshimili South Local Government Council. It is on record that Dr Agbeyeke is one man that has never lobbied for his posting or transfer. The detractors also alleged that he bribed the Commission with millions of naira to be posted to Oshimili South LGA.
We want to state our defense with facts and dates for the general public to know that since the appointment of the present Local Service Commission headed by Comrade O.Oyibo, since four years ago Dr Agbeyeke has been transferred seven times. on 12th January 2015, he was posted to Aniocha South LGA, on October 21st same 2015 he was deployed to Sapele LGA, on 9th of June 2016 Agbeyeke was transferred again to Warri South West LGA, on 3rd February 2017, he was redeployed again to Oshimili North LGA ,and later posted back to Agbor Zonal office on 27th October 2018. Agbeyeke was transferred again to Aniocha North on 26th October 2018,and because Oshimili South LGA has been in crisis since the present Executive Chairman came onboard , the Local Government Service Commission felt that a seasoned Administrator, Crisis manager and a bridge builder who has done a similar job at various councils in the past should be posted to this crisis council to unite all parties and bring back lost peace , but his recent posting to Oshimili South LGA did not go well with alot of detractors at the council because they know that he is a man of integrity and an administrator rooted on the ground who carries everybody along.
It is also on record that before Dr Agbeyeke was posted to Oshimili South LGA, he has equally written to the Local Government Commission Chairman to post him to his local government council but his request was turned down by his employer.
We want to use this medium to appeal to people who are sponsoring this falsehood write-up against this man to change because according to the Holy Bible Psalm 105:15 saying, “Touch not my anointed ones, and do my prophets no harm!” “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the just, both of them are like an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 17:15)
Dr Philip Agbeyeke is a respected member of Knights of St. Mulumba, a Rotarian and he is also a traditional Chief (Okiroro of Abavo Kingdom and Akwukwu- Igbo)
We are soliciting to the public to discountenance the various vexatious publications.
By: Maduike Ifeoma