By Dayo Johnson
AKUREâ€”THE immediate past governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Agagu and the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in the state yesterday picked holes in the report of the Contract Review Committee which indicted the former governor over the 1,400 contracts awarded by his administration in the last six years.
While Dr Agagu said Dr Mimiko was seeking to rubbish the achievements of his administration by the report of the Contract Review Committee. The PDP described the report as a hatchet job.
A contract review committee inaugurated by the present governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko which submitted its report on Tuesday indicted Dr Agagu for awarding the contracts without due process.
But in his reaction to his indictment, Dr Agagu who spoke through his former Information Commissioner, Dr Eddy Olafeso described the report of the committee as one of the strategies of the Labour Party government to discredit the former governor and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party.
However, the PDP State Publicity Secretary, Chief Adeyemi Adedipe said the party â€œis not surprised with the purported findings of the committee. The committee was primarily set up to do a hatchet jobâ€.
Adedipe said: â€œThe Chairman and members have an axe to grind with Dr Olusegun Agagu administration. They are professionals who did business with the Agagu administration but had their contracts terminated on various grounds.
â€œIt is apposite to mention that as soon as Governor Mimiko inaugurated the committee, the PDP in a paid advertorial raised questions about the credibility of the members and the report they were likely to bring out.
â€œThe committee merely worked to answer. We predicted the outcome ab initio. It is only good for the waste paper basket as it lacks credibility in every material particular â€œ
Also, Olafeso said â€œThe report of the committee is disingenuous and nebulous. The contracts awarded by Dr Agagu followed due process.
The contracts were advertised in major national newspapers, they were bided at the Tenders Board which was headed by the deputy governor.Â The projects were also deliberated upon at the State Executive Meetings before the contracts were awarded to qualified contractors.
â€œThe agenda of the Labour Party government is to blackmail the past government. Is it not a a paradox to say that a government awarded 1,400 projects and still accuse the same government of non-performance?
Agagu performed excellently well and it is on record that the PDP administration laid a solid foundation for economic prosperity of our dear state.
The former Commissioner advised Dr Mimiko to settle down for the business of governance and stop chasing shadows saying the people of the state deserved nothing but the best.
â€œThey should stop seeking to discredit Dr Agagu at all cost. The man has done his best and has moved on in life. Let Dr Mimiko know that the people of the state are disenchanted with the lacklustre government put in place by the Labour Party.â€