Dr Olusegun Mimiko.
The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to immediately commence the probe of the administration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
The APC in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Abayomi Adesanya, said the call had become necessary due to the shocking revelation by the immediate past Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, that Ondo State received N81.7 billion from the Excess Crude Account between 2011 and 2014.
The statement said it was uttermost for the EFCC to urgently visit the Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission and probe the place because of the way the commission was being run.
The APC also called on the EFCC to investigate the manner in which local government funds and the 13 per cent oil derivation funds for the oil producing area of the state were spent.
The party lamented that the average indigene of Ondo State could not establish a link between this huge amount and the level of development in the state,noting that Ondo State had no business wallowing in debt due to the billions of naira received from the Federal Government monthly.
The party said even though some states owed workers salaries, some of them have impacted the lives of the people with developmental projects and other interventions but Ondo State had no excuse for incurring debts.
The statement read, “With no meaningful capital project in place, especially since his assumption of office for a second term, the Mimiko administration has dragged the state into bankruptcy and brought it to a halt.
“While we acknowledge the challenges posed by the bad economic situation in the nation occasioned by the economic mismanagement of the immediate past Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP government at the centre, we are also sad that unlike other states, Ondo State cannot justify the huge amount borrowed and generated with any developmental project.”
However, the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, described Ondo APC as a party of misinformed individuals.
Akinmade said OSOPADEC was being managed in a transparent manner and the House of Assembly periodically scrutinised its budget.
He said, “They are just displaying sheer ignorance of the affairs of the state. Opposition politics is not about just opening one’s mouth to make baseless accusations.”
“The state government has done so many roads and projects. We are building hospitals,schools and roads that will connect the coastal areas to other parts of the state,” Akinmade submitted.