Ondo state Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi has rubbished claims by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu that he received the sum of N13 million monthly as allocation.
Reacting to the claims, Ajayi said his office only received N12m monthly as running cost “this includes the imprest of his office, allowances of staff, fuelling of vehicles, care of his residence and welfare of his aides.
“Huge as the amount may appear, it amounts to not so much when the heads and number of individuals it caters for are considered” he said.
Ajayi also alleged that the Governor collects N750 million monthly as Security votes.
According to him, “His wife, though occupies no constitutionally recognised position, takes an imprest of N15million per month. Apart from this, she collects an additional sum of N11m from the Ministry of Women Affairs, which she runs like a potentate.”
In a swift response, Akeredolu in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Segun Ajiboye, denied collecting N750 million monthly.
“the disclosure by Mr Governor that the governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party(ZLP) receives a monthly running grant of N13 million appears to have further emitted the entrenched character of the man in question, Agboola Ajayi.
“True to type, Ajayi has resorted to lies and fabrications that Mr Governor gets a monthly payment of N750million as security vote. This brazen misinformation is not a surprise but a true reflection of the unstable and treacherous content in Ajayi.
“The general public is urged to take advantage of the Freedom of Information Act to interrogate both statements by Mr Governor and Ajayi. For the avoidance of doubt, the state bureaucracy which processes such payments is very available to confirm the veracity or frivolity of either of the statements.
“The October 10 governorship election is between integrity and the absence of it. The patent greed which has provided motivation for the treachery and perfidy of Ajayi appears to have created further paths of dishonesty to oil his political misadventure. Succinctly, he is misled my his mind of greed.
“By his antecedents, Agboola Ajayi would have wittingly provided evidence of the payment of such huge amount even before now if it was true.”