By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Agboola Ajayi has challenged Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s son, Babajide Akeredolu, to prepare his suits and meet him in court.
The state deputy governor expressed that Babajide must come clean if he does not know of the N430million share he collected over his alleged involvement in the N4.3 billion state fund scam.
The Media Adviser to the Deputy Governor, Mr Allen Sowore in a statement accessed by Western Post on Thursday in Akure, said: “The office of the Deputy Governor hereby challenges Babajide Akeredolu to immediately carry out his threat.
“It is in the interest of Ondo State that the threat becomes a reality because it will provide everyone with an ample opportunity to resolve once and for all, the whereabouts of the recovered but now missing N4.3 billion Ondo State money.
“Not only that, the whereabouts of the 40% of the 13% oil derivation accruing to the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC) since 2017 would have to be accounted for.
“In the same vein, the account of the money raised for COVID-19 fund should also be made available for auditing.
“The Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi is also using this opportunity to call for the forensic audit of the Ondo State Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and REMTA payment system and the unveiling of the consultants collecting the ten per cent of generated revenues; a percentage which is just too high for the services being rendered.”
Babajide had on his Twitter handle threatened to sue the Deputy Governor over the alleged claim that he received a commission of N430m from a N4.3bn discovered in a secret account of the State Government starched for the past ten years.
He said: “I am actually glad there is finally a face behind this accusation and video evidence of you(deputy governor) mentioning my name. I can’t wait for you(deputy governor) to lose your immunity sir. I will sue the living day light out of you sir. It will be glorious.”
But the deputy governor has replied Babajide not to delay in dragging him to court over the alleged N4.3 billion scam, maintaining his position on the allegation that he, Babajide took N430m of the said sum
The statement on the allegation reads further: “The Deputy Governor stands by his statement that the payment of N430 million as ten per cent of the recovered N4.3 billion as Consultancy Fees to the firm of Babajide, the Governor’s son for doing nothing is unjustifiable.
“We, therefore, urge Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, to allow the State House of Assembly complete the probe of the N4.3 billion kept for ten years in a Zenith Bank account. Also, the government officials responsible for this mendacity should be revealed and punished accordingly.”