- Ondo state governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu, has dismissed claims alleging that Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development paid him N1 billion
- It was alleged that the to the incoming governor was paid to appoint Fayemi's wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in Ondo state
- The governor elect stressed that such “acrimonious, wicked and irresponsible publications have no place in Ondo State politics”
Ondo state governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu, has dismissed an online report alleging that Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development paid N1 billion to the incoming governor to appoint his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, as Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
Akeredolu in a statement by his media adviser, Yemi Olowolabi, stated that the tone of the allegation represented the stream of earlier ones being launched in Ekiti state against Fayemi, stressing that “acrimonious, wicked and irresponsible publications have no place in Ondo State politics.”
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The report had alleged that Erelu Fayemi donated trailer-loads of rice to Akeredolu during the campaign while the minister donated N1bn to the APC candidate to enable him pressure the governor-elect to seek SSG position for his wife in form of compensation.
But Akeredolu denied receiving such donations from any one, including the Fayemis, urging mischief-makers to leave the minister and his wife out of unfounded allegations aimed at tarnishing their names.
The statement reads in parts: “It is regrettable that some lazy and irresponsible individuals can just sit down in a corner to cook wicked allegations against innocent people.
“Or is it not laughable that some irresponsible irritants would present a picture allegedly in Ondo State that Fayemi’s wife used to attend night club in Ado-Ekiti and would want decent people to believe such a disingenuous and senseless allegation when it is common knowledge that Erelu Bisi Fayemi is a world-class woman of grace and honour, completely unsusceptible to the antics and pleasure principle of merry-makers in government who have turned the Government House to a play-house for revellers and sensualists.
The statement further said: “Fayemi has no millions let alone billion to be given out for an election victory that can go either way and he and his wife have never, never spoken to Akeredolu about ceding any position to anyone. Neither has Erelu Fayemi spoken about any senatorial ambition.
“The devious plot to present a malicious story as coming from APC in Ondo State is not only condemnable, it is also a shame to the writers who have shown themselves as lacking in integrity, honour and grit to squarely resolve the problems that plague them instead of maligning innocent people to vent their anger over election loss.”
Meanwhile Akeredolu, has said he will not institute probe against the administration of outgoing Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
Akeredolu speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari onWednesday, November 30, said that “My own is not to institute any probe of last regime and that is what President Buhari has done.