OSOPADEC fund mismanaged for four years.
Akure Candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in the Ondo state governorship election, Hon Agboola Ajayi has again given reasons why he fell out with the governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Ajayi who was the deputy governor defected to the ZLP following some irreconcilable differences with Akeredolu. Explaining further to the people of Igbokoda, Agadagba and Igbekebo in Ilaje and Eseodo council area of the state during his campaign rally said the mismanagement of fund meant for the oil region was one of the reasons they parted ways.
“One of the reasons l fell out with Akeredolu was the mismanagement of the fund accruing to the state for the development of the oil-rich region. Ajayi said the way Akeredolu treated him as his Deputy showed there is nothing special about being Deputy Governor. According to him “the way Akeredolu treated me as his Deputy showed there is nothing special about being Deputy Governor.
“l am not going to treat my Deputy the way Akeredolu treated me. I am the one that said I am not interested in Deputy. “The wife of the governor now nominated Lucky Ayedatiwa as the running mate of her husband.”
Ondo Guber: Akeredolu will serve another term says Akoko monarchs Ajayi who alleged the mismanagement of the fund meant for the development of the region by the Rotimi Akeredolu led administration in the last four years challenged him to account for the billions of naira that had accrued to the Store from the federation account.
He said that fund meant for the development of the region have ended up in private pockets. The candidate, therefore, asked “the governor and the management of the intervention agency to account for billions that came to the state from the 13 per cent that had accrued to the Store from the federation account.
He, however, promised to prevent the diversion of the fund meant for the development of the Ilaje and Eseodo Local Government if elected as governor of the State. “God will not forgive those who steal our fund in OSOPADEC. It is unfortunate that this government cannot point to one project executed with our fund in the past three and a half years.”
The candidate who promised to increase the allocation meant for the development of the oil-rich region of the state if elected said he would address the difficult terrain of both Ilaje and Eseodo if given the opportunity to govern the State. He said that the present 40 per cent out of the 13 per cent for the State the fund meant for the development of the Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC) is grossly inadequate.
According to him “the prompt release of OSOPADEC fund is far better than being a lame duck Deputy nominated by the wife of the governor. At Agadagba and Ode-Irele, the Deputy Governor said he would not show interest in any land dispute among communities in the South senatorial districts if elected as governor. Ajayi debunked the rumour that he is allying with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of October 10 governorship election.