Babajide Akeredolu, the son of the Ondo State’s Governor has threatened to sue the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, after Agboola Ajayi accused Babajide of siphoning the sum of N433 million from the state coffers.
Agboola Ajayi made the accusation against Babajide Akeredolu during the flag-off of the Zenith Labour Party’s campaign in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area. He said that the Governor’s son, Babajide benefitted from the N4.3 billion allegedly found in a secret account. He further disclosed that Babajide Akeredolu was allegedly paid the sum of N433 million under the guise of consultancy fee.
Babajide Akeredolu, who described the Deputy Governor as being malicious, asked that Agboola Ajayi should strip himself of his immunity so as to prove his allegation in court. He further stated that the allegation by Ajayi was calculated to disparage his person and credibility, which he said had caused severe damage to his reputation and professional interests.
“I find it imperative to state unambiguously that I do not hold any political office. t is evil and most wicked to make such allegation that exist mainly in the minds of Hon. Agboola, the ZLP candidate and his ill against me.
“I state with emphasis that it is the greatest disrespect and an intentional distortion of facts for the said Gubernatorial candidate of the ZLP to state inter alia that I siphoned Four hundred and thirty-three million naira of Ondo State’s funds under the disguise of consultancy fees. This allegation which I deny, can only come from someone so lowly and frivolous and unexpected of anyone who holds the high office of a Deputy Governor,” he added.
He also stated that his lawyers have been instructed to institute legal action against Ajayi in order to claim full damages for the harm the alleged false statement had done to his reputation.