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Erstwhile Secretary to the Ondo state government, Hon. Ifedayo Sunday Abegunde, today said he left the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration because he made him redundant, noting that he will not be leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC) like the Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi who joined the opposition PDP recently.
SUNSHINETRUTH has reported that Abegunde popularly called ABENA tendered his resignation from the state government earlier on Monday.
Abegunde who was speaking on programme on Crest 87.7 FM in Akure Monday afternoon said that the ill treatment he got from Akeredolu made him to quit the administration.
Reacting on the N5 million which Governor Akeredolu reportedly said he was giving him as office grants monthly, Hon. Abegunde said the governor was only telling lies, adding that he should come forward with an evidence regarding that.
“I was suffering in his administration because he didn’t release any fund for my office grants. He has been telling lies that he was giving me N5m every month even when he knew he didn’t give me such money.
“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 repeated the lie that he was giving me N5m monthly, and I would then return to Akure to resign and as well Inform the public of his looting sprees”
On the 2016 governorship poll, Mr Abegunde (Abena) explained that Akeredolu lost the election to the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.
According to him, “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.
“The government of Akeredolu is making the entire people of the state to 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 from Imo state. All the contracts in the state are being given to his wife, son and the people from Imo state”
The former SSG however made it known that he has decided to support another aspirant from the APC, Mr. Segun Abraham, whom he described as the ‘Messiah’ that Ondo state needs.
Reacting, Governor Akeredolu described the allegations as unfounded and untrue, adding that Abegunde was economical with the truth.
Speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on (Media and Publicity), Ojo Oyewamide, the governor said no Igbo person was awarded contract.
“The attention of the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN has been drawn to a widely circulated narrative that contractors of Igbo extraction has cornered all road contracts in the State.
“This is far from the truth. Aside the temptation to dismiss this unsubstantiated claim by the facilitators of the imaginary scenario, the fact that such was coming from those whose pervasive acts have handed them out of government is enough to ignore the story.
“However, it is pertinent to aver that there is no single road contractor of Igbo extraction. Anyone with evidence of such should kindly avail the public of same.
“Documentations relating to contracts execution are not hidden. They are public and therefore, subject to public scrutiny. All road contractors in the State are well known and have nothing to hide.
“Mr. Governor therefore, urges all and sundry to ignore the stories coming from those who thrice on falsehood and fabricated stories to take political decisions,” Oyewamide said.