Ondo APC Berates Mimiko’s Attacks On FG Over State Funds Mismanagement
The Ondo state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) today berated comments of the state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, over the mismanagement of state funds.
The party which reacted in a statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Steve Otaloro, faulted Governor Mimiko for flagging off campaigns of calumny against the APC-led federal government over an alleged mismanagement of state funds.
“We (APC) wish to alert members of the public on a new wave of wicked, mischievous and provocative campaign of calumny aimed at inciting the good people of Ondo State against the APC-led Federal Government by the Ondo State Government of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko administration.
“Conscious of his fading popularity in Ondo State, Mimiko has recently embarked upon false dissemination of distorted information aimed at projecting the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari-led Government as being responsible for the people’s hardship in Ondo State.
“In the last three weeks, the State Government media organs (OSRC & Orange FM) had been awashed with propaganda churning out provocative jingles aimed at inciting the people against the APC-led Federal Government as creating hardship for the people through unfavourable economic policies” the statement reads in parts.
The party continued that instead of Mimiko addressing the massive corruption and the unprecedented siphoning of the nation’s resources by the immediate past administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan, the Governor had perfidiously shifted blame on President Mohammadu Buhari-led Government that is assiduously working to better the lots of the citizenry and reposition Nigeria’s economy that had been battered and bruised by the PDP.
The statement also reads: “If Mimiko had utilized the N14.6billion bailout funds he got from the Federal Government in paying workers; managed the hundreds of billions of naira received in the past 7 years from the Federation Account and if the State finances had not been opaque to accountability and due process, perhaps we wouldn’t have found ourselves in the present hardship to warrant dolling out food items (rice and beans) to the indigenes of Ondo State by his administration as if the people were beggars.
“Let us reiterate it that the present food palliative embarked upon by Mimiko was not motivated by act of kindness or concern for the people but for political expediency, a well calculated political move to placate and hoodwink the people so they can support his party in the forthcoming Governorship election”
The Ondo APC stressed that Mimiko’s political odyssey had shown a consistent record of range of elaborate deceptions, cunning and perfidy whenever an election is approaching in the State. The party noted that the governor’s goal had always been to cajole and change the mind of the people to vote in his party’s favours.
“The good news however this time around is that the people are better informed of this latest move to malign the APC-led Federal Government as coming from a dangerous demagogue who is desperate to win people’s sympathy for his party in the coming gubernatorial election” said the statement.