Allegations frivolous, baseless – Akala
BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN- LESS than two weeks to hand-over , the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in Oyo State has warned the out-going Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, members of his kitchen cabinet and other political functionaries against alleged last minute looting of State funds, government property and assets.
The party through its State Secretary, Mr. Wasiu Olatubosun, alleged that the out-going Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, administration in the State had intensified looting since the declaration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi as the winner of the April 26 governorship election which put paid to the second term ambition of the incumbent.
It said, “It is to the knowledge of the public that the out-going administration of Governor Alao-Akala would go down in the history of Oyo State as the most corrupt ever but events in the last few days have indicated that there is a grand plan to completely ground the State and ensure that the in-coming administration does not succeed even though Senator Ajimobi has resolved to take the state to lofty heights that would make it enviable to other states in the country.
But, Akala through his spokesperson, Prince Dotun Oyelade described the allegations as frivolous and baseless. Akala said, “Why is the party fretting over ‘illegal’ withdrawal of funds while it conveniently keeps quiet over various monies being paid into government accounts each day? This government will run and perform its duties till May 28. On the issue of fertilizers, ACN again dwelled on half information.
Government attention was called to a fertilizer purchase that was unpaid. The swift intervention of the Government now ensured that a balance of N8 million will be paid to government coffers by Wednesday and 248 bags returned to government warehouse. No government property has been personalized and the in-coming administration need not get too excitable until it gets to power two weeks from now during which it will be at liberty to go on a wild goose chase.
But the party insisted that it had been “inundated with various reports of illegal withdrawals from state bank accounts, diversion of fertilizer stock, conversion of public property to private asset, increased sponsorship of foreign trips for political office holders and ‘cooperating’ career officers among other illegal activities capable of milking the State dry at all cost.