Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has alleged that his Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, intends to use fake documents to embarrass him ahead of the 2020 gubernatorial election in the State.
Akeredolu who is contesting on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, said Zenith Labour Party’s Agboola had hatched the plot five months ago, and top government officials as well as his immediate family were the targets.
Speaking through the spokesman for his campaign organisation, Olabode Richard Olatunde, Akeredolu said contents of the documents were unimaginable lies and imaginary concoctions from Agboola.
He said Ajayi engaged the services of two popular printers in Ondo town and Akure, the state capital, to print fake documents and clone receipts purported to have been presented by members of the Governor’s immediate family and senior government officials for transactions.
His statement read in part, “While Governor Akeredolu and indeed, the APC family remain unperturbed over any such plot against the Project of Grace, it is, nonetheless, pertinent to alert the unsuspecting public, particularly the good people of Ondo State.
“For the records, the Akeredolu administration proclivity for transparency and accountability has made it a difficult task for anyone to malign, blackmail and discredit his administration.
“On our part, we shall inexorably, sustain the civil, issues-based and persuasive campaigns that had been enunciated from the beginning of this process.”
Reacting to the accusations, Agboola said the people of Ondo needed no document to see that ”the government of Akeredolu is the government of father, mother and son and in laws.”
He said: “The fact that the family of Akeredolu is running the government is an open secret to everyone in Ondo state and don’t need any document, either clone or otherwise to prove that. Like lawyers say that facts speak for itself.
“The wife of the governor has about six projects which she used to siphon money while the son is the consultant to the board of IGR and has access to N4b stashed in an account where he got ten percent of the money.
“People don’t need document to show that the government of Akeredolu is the government of father, mother and son and in laws. This is why people are clamouring for his exit from the state.”