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Regional News of Tuesday, 4 January 2022


Ondo government, PDP exchange words over alleged looting, others

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State

The Ondo State Government has hit back at the Peoples Democratic Party on the latter’s allegation over the registration of companies by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

The opposition party had alleged that Akeredolu registered 13 different companies for members of his family through which he allegedly awards contracts to siphon the state’s resources.

The party also alleged that the government wasted a sum of N500 million on a programme – the Sunshine Countdown Concert on December 31, 2021. The concert was allegedly anchored by Micheal Olatunde, Akeredolu’s son-in-law.

The Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kennedy Peretei, stated this in a statement titled “Akeredolu’s misrule in Ondo State (10): family on a looting spree.”

The statement read, “Immediately Akeredolu was sworn in as Governor of Ondo State in 2017, he registered about 13 companies. These companies have been shamelessly used by the first family to receive contracts from state ministries and departments. Checks from the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja, showed that all the companies have the same or related directors and secretaries. When contractors in the state hardly get paid for jobs, those awarded to the first family get prompt payment, and to rub salt on injury, they and some of their cronies brag about it.”

However, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, on Monday, in a statement said the allegation of the PDP was baseless because the opposition had no proof.

In the statement titled ‘Juvenile opposition, pedestrian talks expose your emptiness’, Ojogo asked the PDP to publish the details of companies linked to the governor’s family and report the matter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.