The former Secretary to the Ondo State Government, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde, has disclosed that he resigned his position over the cold war between him and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
In a live radio interview in Akure, Abegunde also disclosed that he supported the current government to manipulate the 2016 governorship election in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stressing that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) actually won the election.
He claimed Governor Akeredolu lost the election to the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, but it was rigged.
Reacting to the N5 million, which Governor Akeredolu reportedly said he collected as office grants monthly, Abegunde said the governor was only telling lies and called on the state government to prove the allegation.
In his words: “I was suffering in his administration because he didn’t release any fund for my office as grants. He has been telling lies that he was giving me N5million every month when he knew nothing was coming to my office.
WESTERN POST had exclusively reported how Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State pleaded with Governor Akeredolu to allow the former SSG to perform his duties effectively.
Speaking further, he said, “Where on earth did the governor give me such funds? Recently, I reported him to Governor Fayemi of Ekiti State and he promised to invite both of us to Abuja for settlement.
“I remember that I told Fayemi that I was going to spit on the face of Akeredolu if he repeats the lie that he was giving me N5million monthly, and I would then return to Akure to resign and as well inform the public of his looting spree.”
He said it was through his support and other APC pillars that INEC declared Governor Akeredolu as governor after he had lost in 2016.
His words, “Akeredolu didn’t win the election in 2016 but we made it possible for him to become governor. We were the pillars behind him and we will not support him again. He will lose this time around.”
Abegunde further said that he resigned because he could no longer be part of a government that makes its subjects to pass through hardship.
He said: “The government of Akeredolu is making the entire people of the state suffer and I cannot be part of that any longer. Everyone is suffering!.
“He doesn’t pay salaries at the right time. As a matter of fact, Akeredolu has not performed to the expectations of the masses apart from the roads he is building.
“Akeredolu has turned former Governor Mimiko to a saint with his own abysmal performance. We now see that Mimiko did well as governor because he gave his people enough funds to enable them cater for the needs of their own supporters. I had worked with three governor’s, and I can say that in the history of Ondo State, Akeredolu is the worst governor”
Abegunde pressed further that the people that enjoy this government are Akeredolu’s wife, son, and In-laws from Imo State.
“Akeredolu has reduced the government to the property of his wife, son, and in-laws. All the contracts in the state are being given to his wife, son, and the people from Imo state,” he said.