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October 31, 2020
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Speak Out On Ondo COVID-19 Funds -PDP Tells Akeredolu…Challenges Governor To Allow Independent Inquiry

The PDP National Campaign Council For Ondo Governorship Election charges
the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Rotimi
Akeredolu, to speak out on the alleged diversion of billions of naira
COVID-19 intervention funds received by the state.

This demand is predicated on alleged diversion of COVID-19 palliative
funds by certain officials of the Akeredolu-led self-serving
administration.

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This is especially given the conflicting denials by members of the Ondo
COVID-19 Response Team over the whereabouts of over N700 million
intervention fund.

The PDP campaign described as indicting, that Governor Akeredolu, on
whose shoulders the burden of the wellbeing of the people lie, had
failed to speak out on this alleged fraud.

Indeed any clean, transparent and upright administration that had not
soiled its hand and which has the interest of the people at heart, would
have ordered an open investigation, secure and channel the resources to
the wellbeing of the people.

Given its penchant for condoning  corruption and wicked embezzlement of
public funds, the APC administration in Ondo state had remained less
forthcoming, while officials continue with conflicting denials and
endless buck passing.

Our campaign charges Governor Akeredolu not to wait until his inevitable
defeat at the poll to end the corruption in his administration by
ordering an open investigation into the N700 million as well as the
truth or otherwise in the allegations, in the public space, that the
state received $10 million from foreign donors.

This is in addition to the circumstances surrounding the failure of the
state to pay certain health workers in the past 15 months, despite their
participation in the fight against COVID-19 in the state.

We challenge Governor Akeredolu to within three days, set up an
independent inquiry into these allegations if his administration has no
skeleton in its cupboard.

Furthermore, our campaign challenges Governor Akeredolu to account for
the proceeds of various levies and taxes collected by his
administration, using numerous platforms to fleece the poor masses,
including market women, transporters, artisans, small business owners
among others in the state.

It is therefore not surprising that the Ondo people abandoned Governor
Akeredolu and pitched their tent with our candidate, Eyitayo Jegede SAN,
in their collective quest to end the misrule which the Akeredolu
administration represents, and no amount of blackmail, threats and
violence by the APC will deter the Ondo people in this resolve.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
Chairman, Publicity Sub-Committee

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