Ondo APC blames Assembly for Mimiko’s misrule
Ondo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned a statement credited to the State House of Assembly that it does not know how the state’s finances are being managed.
APC described the Assembly as a dumb and toothless bulldog that could not bark let alone bite, saying it had failed in its responsibility of check mating the activities of the executive arm.
The Assembly Speaker, Jumoke Akindele, reportedly said last week that the Assembly had no knowledge of the state’s financial position.
It was learnt that the Speaker made the revelation while responding to an allegation by labour leaders that the state government had enough money to pay workers’ salaries in its several bank accounts.
In a statement issued yesterday by APC Publicity Secretary, Omooba Abayomi Adesanya, said that the disclosure by the labour leaders confirmed its earlier allegation that Governor Olusegun Mimiko had been hoarding money to prosecute the November 26 governorship election at the expense of the state workers.
While saying the Assembly should be alive to their responsibility and discharge their duties as stipulated by the constitution , Adesanya noted that they could only know what Governor Olusegun Mimiko wanted them to know.
He wondered why government should allow the state workers to suffer, saying it had enough evidence to show that there was enough money to pay salaries up to date.
His words, “We find it difficult to understand why Governor Olusegun Mimiko should elevate politics above the welfare of the state workers. By the end of this month, his government will be owing six months salaries.
“While workers and pensioners are suffering and dying, the governor is keeping money in banks which he will later spend to ensure the election of somebody who is loyal enough to cover his tracks after leaving office on February 24, 2017. To us, this is wickedness.
“We have been saying that the Governor is keeping the state money for the gubernatorial election. Reports said about N72bn had accrued to the state in the last one year besides the N14bb bailout fund and various bank loans. The state has been receiving its share from the Federal Account since the beginning of this year.
“Therefore, we wonder why the government has not been able to pay just a month salary this year. The disclosure by labour leaders in the state that there is enough money to pay worker’s salaries has now confirmed our position. We are vindicated.
“Who are we going to blame for Mimiko’s misrule if not the Ondo State House of Assembly which members don’t know why they are there? How can the speaker say they don’t know how the finances of the state are being managed? Don’t they have finance committee?
“In fact, the Speaker’s statement is a sad commentary on the quality of members of the Assembly. It is a bitter lesson to the people of the state on the need to stop choosing wrong people as their representatives,” Adesanya said.