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Sunday Abegunde

We Rigged 2016 Governorship Election For Akeredolu – Ex-Ondo SSG

Sunday Abegunde, former Secretary to the Ondo State Government, has alleged that he and other collaborators rigged the 2016 governorship election for Rotimi Akeredolu.

Abegunde, whose resignation as the SSG took effect from today, said he decided to leave Akeredolu’s government, following the ill-treatment meted out to him by the governor for the three and a half years he has been with him.

The former SSG made the allegations in an interview he granted in Yoruba language on Crest FM, Akure, shortly after he tendered his resignation to the state governor, in a letter he personally signed on Monday, The PUNCH reports.

Abegunde boasted that he was one of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains who worked vigorously for Akeredolu, to ensure he emerged as governor.

He also revealed that Kayode Fayemi had planned to resolve the problem between them.

“I suffered in his (Akeredolu) administration because he didn’t release any fund for my office grants. He has been telling lies that he was giving me N5m every month even when he knew he didn’t give me such money”, he said.

“Where on Earth did the governor give me such funds? Recently, I reported him to Governor Fayemi of Ekiti State and he promised to invite both of us to Abuja for settlement.

“I remember that I told Fayemi that I was going to spit on the face of Akeredolu if he repeated the lie that he was giving me N5m monthly if we meet face to face, and I would then return to Akure to resign and as well Inform the public of his looting sprees.

“Akeredolu didn’t win the election in 2016 but we made it possible for him to become governor. We were the pillars behind him and we will not support him again. He will lose this time around”.

Abegunde, a two-term member of the House of Representatives, further said he resigned because he could no longer be part of a government that makes people suffer hardship.

“The Akeredolu’s administration is making the entire people of the state suffer and I cannot be part of that any longer. Everyone is suffering. He doesn’t pay salaries at the right time. As a matter of fact, Akeredolu has not performed to the expectations of the masses apart from the roads he is rehabilitating.

“Akeredolu has turned Former Governor Mimiko to a saint with his own abysmal performance. We now see that Mimiko did well as governor because he gave his people enough funds to operate. I had worked with three governor’s, and I can say that in the history of Ondo State, Akeredolu is the worst governor,” Abegunde stated further.

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