Ondo State Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa on Tuesday denied the alleged plot to sell the state-owned football club, Sunshine Stars.
He made the denial when players and officials of the football club hit the streets of the state capital, Akure, protesting nonpayment of their backlog of salaries and allowances.
Displaying different placards with various inscriptions such as “Pay Our Salaries Mr. Governor,” Save Sunshine Stars Mr. Governor, Don’t Sell Our Club,” and others.
Arriving at the Gate of the Governor’s Office at Alagbaka, the players started chanting solidarity songs which attracted the Deputy Governor and other workers at the state Secretariat.
The players who dressed in sporting attires with various placard accompanied with inscriptions like ‘SAVE SUNSHINE STARS’, ‘MR GOVERNOR HELP US’, ‘PAY US OUR SALARY’ rendered songs of solidarity.
When the deputy governor arrived at the gate to listen to the agitations of the protesters, the captain of the team, Sunday Abe explained that their salaries and allowances were not paid and they were really suffering.
He added that it had become difficult for them to perform their financial responsibilities at home.
The deputy governor in his response, denied the alleged plan to sell the football club, noting that such a thing could not be done without carrying all stakeholders along.
He, therefore, appealed to the protesters to calm down, promising that their agitations would be attended to.