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Ondo Residents Chide Mimiko, Akeredolu Over State Finance Altercations | The Precision

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Mimiko and Akeredolu during the handover in February, 2017
 
By Yomi Ayeleso in Akure
 
Following
the obvious discrepancies in the  account of Former Governor, Olusegun
Mimiko and the present Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu about the state
of  finances of Ondo State, some residents of the state have advised both leaders to
reveal the true position of the finances of the state.
Speaking,
Biyi Olatunde, an Akure resident said the former Governor, Mimiko was not been truthful by
saying he left whopping sum of N20 billion in the state coffers.
He
noted that the Governor could not have left that huge amount and would
not pay months of Salaries arrears of workers in the state.
“How
come that Dr Mimiko is saying he left that amount in the state and six
months salaries are left unpaid. I can’t agree with that figure and the
former Governor might not be saying the truth.”
On
her part, Mrs Bimbo Adekunle, a public affairs analyst, accused
Akeredolu for  waiting over six months before declaring the state of
finances of the state.
Mrs
Adekunle urged the present government in the state to be serious with
the issue of governance, saying the people are beginning to have
different feelings as regards the government.
 
In
her words: “All I know is someone is not telling us the truth in this
situation. Why will the Governor waited so long before saying that,
considering the importance of that issue in the state. Something must
have been wrong somewhere.”
While
reacting, the Interim Secretary of Advance  Peoples’ Democratic
Alliance (APDA ) in Ondo state, Mrs Titilayo Ashaolu urged the duo of
Mimiko and Akeredolu to stop playing politics with the finances of the
state, describing  it as  unnecessary.
While
noting that the people deserved to know the true position of the
finances of Ondo state, Ashaolu advised Governor Akeredolu to brace-up
for real business of governance and stop complaining.
“Let
both of them stop taking the citizenry of this state for granted with
their inconsistent pronouncements all these days. What the citizen want
is real governance that will stand in defence of democracy.
 
“H.E
Akeredolu should sit down with his team and bring up ideas and
Programmes that will bring about a better life for the people, rather
than grandstanding in the public domain with complains. 
“Complaining and re-presenting predecessors as bane of inability to
deliver is preposterous. The people voted APC in Ondo State for a better
performance than the previous government. They didn’t vote for a
wailing Government to enter into Alagbaka Goverment House,” the APDA
Chieftain said there’s high level hunger, hopelessness and anger in this
land presently, leading to despondency.”
It
will be recalled that Governor Akeredolu in his speech while
inaugurating his commissioners said his government met a whopping sum of
N220 billion as debt.
But
in a swift reaction to Akeredolu’s claims, Mimiko, in a statement by
the former Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade declared that
his government did not leave behind a debt of N220 billion. 
 
He also
contradicted the governor’s claimed that he left N9,956 billion in the
state’s coffer even as he insisted that he left N20 billion.

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