29 March 2011

Nigeria: Gale of Transfers Hit Teachers in Imeko-Afon

Mass transfer of teachers disloyal to the victory of the People's Party of Nigeria (PPN) has begun in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.

It was gathered that no fewer than 20 primary school teachers had been affected in the exercise that began last Wednesday.

A sizeable number of the staffers from secondary schools in the area are also said to be affected in the gale of transfers which is reportedly designed to ensure a smooth coast for its governorship candidate in the April 9 election, Gboyega Isiaka.

All those affected have been transferred to villages in the area and replaced with loyalists of the PPN.

Gboyega Isiaka hails from Imeko town in Imeko-Afon council area.

It would be recalled that the staffers are expected to participate in the conduct of the general elections which commences on April 2.

It was learnt that teachers perceived as enemies of the party but yet to be caught hobnobbing with rival parties, have been placed under surveillance.

But in a stout defence, PPN Publicity Secretary, Abdulraheem Ajayi, described the allegation as unfounded and unthinkable.

According to him, transfer of teachers usually takes three months to embark upon and disclosed that the People's Democratic Party (PDP) was behind the orchestrated game of pulling down the PPN.

"How can we do that?" he said.

Ajayi said that the chieftains and members of the PDP are being used to frustrate members of the PPN.

"When they were still one entity in PDP," he said, "remnant members of the PDP who now control the soul of the party had used the judiciary, propaganda and falsehood to achieve selfish ends."

The publicity secretary also ruled out the PPN membership of Governor Gbenga Daniel.

What really brought them together, he said, is the common goal the PPN has in working with Governor Daniel, also a staunch member of the PDP, who is equally the Southwest Coordinator for President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said there has been a written agreement in the PPN constitution to work for the electoral victory of President Jonathan in the April Presidential poll.

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