By Dayo Johnson
Ahead of the broadcast on the state of the finances of Ondo State by Governor Olusegun Mimiko, the state
government yesterday alleged that it has discovered that the immediate past administration operated some secret
Controversy had trailed the finances of the state with the governor, Dr Mimiko saying the debt profile left by Dr
Olusegun Agagu administration was enormous while Agagu saidÂ over N38b was left in the coffer.
While the controversies range, Dr Mimiko pleaded with the people of the state to be patient with him while his
administration exposes the financial mess perpetrated by the last administration in an address to the lawmakers
and the people of the state, adding that strange financial discoveries are springing up on daily basis.
However, the governor who spoke in Akure through his Information Commissioner Ranti Akerele said the discovery
â€œis one of the reasons the current administration does not want to declare the financial status of the state when
Mimiko took over on February 24.
Akerele said the last administration â€œdeliberately muddled the finances of the state and the new governor needed
to painstakingly unravel the secrecy shrouding some of the accounts.
But in a swift reaction the former Finance Commissioner Tayo Alasoadura denied, saying â€œDr. Agagu did not operate
any secret account. He was never a signatory to any state government account.
â€œThe accounts were operated through me and the accountant general. But if they have discovered any secret
account, let them make it public and get whoever was behind it arrested.
â€œIt is a ploy to deceive the people but we are happy that the people of our state are wiser and they will not
allow anybody to deceive them.â€
â€œWe recently discovered two state government accounts with some banks in Lagos State. The accounts were secretly
run by the past administration. There would have been discrepancies in the figure if the Governor had rushed to
declare the financial status of the state immediately he took over”.
Akerele pointed out that â€œPeople should ask Dr. Agagu why he refused to prepare any handover notes despite having
seven months to prepare for his exit after the verdict of the lower tribunal.â€
The commissioner accused the PDP in the state of trying to stampede the new governor to give a figure so that
they could use the discrepancy which would arise from it against him.
Akerele noted that the party knows the magnitude of the â€œshady deals the past administration was involved in hence the blackmail that the governor should tell the public the state of the finances.
The Commissioner pointed out that the governorâ€ meant well for the people of the state by not allowing himself to be stampeded by the opposition.