THE Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan ordered the release of N15 billion accruable to the state from excess crude oil to Governor Olusegun Mimiko for personal purposes.
The party said the money, which “purely belonged to the government”, was disbursed by Governor Mimiko to fund his re-election bid in 2012.
It alleged that Mimiko received the funds in November 2012 through the bank accounts of his cronies through the Ministry of Finance from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
APC said Mimiko’s alleged action was wicked, unlawful and unacceptable to the people.
A statement by the party’s spokesman, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya, said: “We have it on good authority that Mimiko collected N15 billion from the Federation Account on November 15, 2012, which he personally signed for.
It said the action was against due process and deliberately orchestrated to siphon public funds, which has gone into private pockets with no records of it in the state.
The APC gave the governor seven days ultimatum to address the people on the alleged N15 billion and refund the money to the state treasury.
It vowed that failure to meet the deadline will force the opposition party to “write petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to help the suffering people of Ondo State to recover the loots”.
But the PDP’s Publicity Secretary, Ayo Fadaka, said the APC was “prosecuting a disinformation agenda that is calculated to cause disaffection and commotion”.
According to him, the opposition’s party allegations were mostly outlandish and pedestrian, even to the extent of being difficult for people to react to because of its ludicrous nature.
Fadaka said: “To set the records straight, however, there is no iota of truth in the allegation. Dr. Jonathan did not give out any money to pursue the re-election of Governor Mimiko as alleged. It is a blatant lie from the pool of APC’s fallacies.”
Source: The Nation