As it prepares to take over power in less than two weeks, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has accused the outgoing governor Olusegun Mimiko of approving N500 million as “parting gifts“ to political office holders.
Gov. Mimiko’s second term ends on February 23 and he will be replaced by the APC’s Rotimi Akeredolu, who will be sworn in on February 24.
“We have authoritatively gathered that Gov. Olusegun Mimiko, whose tenure expires in 12 days’ time has approved a take-home package of N500 million (taxpayers’ money) as valedictory packages for the 18 council chairmen. Other beneficiaries of the parting gifts are officials of the Ministry of Mineral Resources, who oversee the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and Mr Governor himself,” said Abayomi Adesanya, the APC publicity secretary, in a statement on Saturday.
The APC said those involved in facilitating the documentation for the loot will get N20 million each, while Gov. Mimiko will get N300 million.
The party warned the accountant general of the state and permanent secretaries “not to succumb to pressure by Mimiko and his cronies to milk our state dry before the expiration of their tenure” as there will be consequences.
The statement also asked that banks and other financial institutions in the state should not to get involved in any “shady deal’’ with the outgoing government.