Olu Agunloye, governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ondo State, has accused Governor Olusegun Mimiko of squandering the sum N38 billion inherited by his government from previous administrations in the State.
Mr. Agunloye disclosed this to journalists at the party’s secretariat. The report was aired by some broadcast media stations and monitored by SaharaReporters in Akure.
He alleged that under the Mimiko-led administration, the State is now indebted to the tune of N125 billion, amassed over seven years in office.
“Over the seven years, we have an administration which inherited N38 billion cash, but is now indebted to the tune of over N125 billion.
“So, we can say that this is a State where we have expended over a trillion naira and yet, people are wallowing in abject poverty.
"This is so painful because the the mineral resources are there, the human resources are there and things have not been well taken care of,” he said.
Before defecting to SDP, SaharaReporters learned, Mr. Agunloye, a former Minister of State for Power and later, Defence, was a close friend to Governor Mimiko.
He blamed the Mimiko administration for the poor living standard of the people of Ondo State.
"We have found out the depth of poverty in the State, and the level of degradation, alienation, and people almost accepting poverty as living standard, as very painful.
“We now have a government in Ondo State which cannot pay salaries for nine months, not paying pension and contractors.
“People are now adjusting and the same government is coming out to give them one ‘rubber’ of rice and garri (cassava flour) without giving them water to drink,” the SDP candidate said.
Mr. Agunloye claimed that the people of the state are ready to send the PDP-led government packing by actively voting in the 26 November election. He added that voters will vote based on the personality of the candidates, not their parties.
The SPD candidate said his party is hoping to profit from the internal crises rocking the PDP and the All Progressives Congress in the state.
“Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have not been able to produce a governorship candidate due to various crises threatening the party, while the PDP is locked in the battle of factions,” he explained.