The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has accused embattled Governor Olusegun Mimiko of using ₦15 billion from the federation account accrued to the State to fund his second term re-election bid in November 2012.
The party added that former President Goodluck Jonathan personally ordered the release of the huge fund to Mr. Mimiko for the purpose of his governorship re-election.
Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya, APC Publicity Secretary for Ondo State, disclosed this on Monday evening in a statement issued in Akure.
Mr. Adesanya said in the statement obtained by SaharaReporters that the fifteen billion was ‘purely’ government money used to fund the 2012 second-term governorship re-election bid of Mr. Mimiko
“We have it on good authority that, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, the Executive Governor of Ondo State, collected the sum of fifteen billion Naira (₦15b) from the Federation Account on the 15th day of November 2012, which he personally signed for.
“The action of the governor is totally against due process. It was deliberately orchestrated to siphon public funds, which has gone into private pockets with no records of it in the State,” Mr. Adesanya said.
He alleged that the sum was received through a personal account in a deal with some cronies of Mr. Mimiko in the Ministry of Finance through the apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“Governor Mimiko received the funds in November 2012 through the bank accounts of his cronies through the Ministry of Finance from the Central Bank of Nigeria,” Mr. Adesanya said.
The APC spokesman described Mr. Mimiko’s action as wicked, unlawful and unaccepted to the entire people of the State.
He also threatened to write the anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), if Mr. Mimiko failed to explain the reasons for the diversion of State funds on his governorship re-election.
“We hereby give the governor a seven-day ultimatum to address the people of the State on the diverted N15bn and refund the money to the treasury of Ondo State forthwith.
“If he fails to meet these conditions within seven days, we will have no option than to write petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to help the suffering people of Ondo State to recover the N15bn from the pockets of Governor Olusegun Mimiko and his friends,” the statement said.