Ondo deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, has accused the governor, Rotimi Akeredolu of mismanaging and wasting monthly funds worth N9.bn allocated to him.
According to Ajayi, Akeredolu gets a whopping N900m every month and allegedly mismanages the funds.
The Nation reports that in the breakdown Ajayi offered in a statement through his media adviser, Allen Sowore, he claimed Akeredolu got N750m as security votes and N150m as imprest.
He said: “The governor gets a security vote of N750 million every month. He, Akeredolu, also gets an imprest of about N150 million.”
The deputy governor also went on to accuse the governor’s family of also receiving funds that they manage personally.
Ajayi additionally accused the governor of underdeveloping Ondo’s coastal regions by mismanaging their 13% derivation funds.
Ajayi says Akeredolu is mismanaging around N900m funds he gets monthly, but the governor denies the claims.
He then warned the governor to stop attacking him in the press because he would keep revealing secrets of the state government.
Ajayi said: “These acts of indecorum must stop. This is a notice to Governor Akeredolu that two can play the game.
The Deputy Governor is of the view that indiscretion and vacuousness are attributes that should be alien to holders of high office.”
In reaction, Governor Akeredolu has denied all of Ajayi’s claims. Speaking through his media aide, Segun Ajiboye, the governor said the records are available for anyone to confirm.
The general public is urged to take advantage of the Freedom of Information Act to interrogate both statements by Mr. Governor and Ajayi.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the State Bureaucracy which processes such payments is very available to confirm the veracity or frivolity of either of the statements.”
The governor, while speaking on a radio programme in Akure, the state capital, on Thursday, October 1, claimed that his deputy, Agboola Ajayi is both impatient and greedy.
He lamented that he was betrayed by Ajayi despite giving him free hand to operate in the state.
Both Akeredolu and Ajayi are among the several candidates who are contesting for the Ondo governorship seat in the election slated for Saturday, October 10.