“Rigged Election for Akeredolu: Ex-Ondo SSG, Abena may be in the Soup”

By: Ade Adeleke

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has kicked against the statement credited to the erstwhile Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde (aka Abena) who claimed he was part of those who allegedly rigged the 2016 governorship election for the governor.

In the Press Statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye, the governor described the allegation as weighty confession that must be probed by security agencies.

Although the former SSG has however denied saying he rigged for Akeredolu, the governor insisted the security agencies must still investigation Abena.

Read the full text of the press statement;

PRESS STATEMENT

SECURITY AGENCIES MUST PROBE EX-SSG’s CONFESSIONS

On Monday, July 6, 2020, the erstwhile Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde expectedly, resigned from the Cabinet and Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, made a swift replacement.

In a manner not uncharacteristic, the former SSG, shortly after submitting his resignation letter, equally granted a press interview wherein he made some allegations against the Governor.

A quick run of the allegations shows a semblance of sustained recycling of falsehood as well as blackmail contents targeted at Mr. Governor and his immediate family. These are pernicious lies and imaginary thoughts lines considered perennial and seemingly becoming boring.

It is, however, imperative to draw the attention of the nation’s Security Agencies to a particular outburst wherein the former SSG confessed to have participated in electoral fraud in 2016.

Mr Governor, as an avid believer in Democracy, Rule of Law and Legality, is not a beneficiary of the fraud Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde and his unnamed co-horts allegedly, perpetrated during the 2016 governorship election. He would not encourage such; not even in the coming election.

Ordinarily, the former SSG’s vituperations which have come under heavy criticisms are assuaging. This is even as the voluntary dispatch of his shortcomings and emotional distress are enough to attract empathy.

Nevertheless, Abegunde’s outbursts are weighty confessions that must be investigated by security agencies. Anything to the contrary will not only encourage future acts as contained in the confessions. Such brazen anti-democratic acts are unambiguously, grave dangers to our fledgling Electoral System.

This is more so, that Abegunde, after his confessions on a live broadcast programme, continues to remain a political participant in the State. He is a potent danger to Democracy.

Signed
Segun Ajiboye
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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