Following an allegation by the Ondo state Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi that the son of his boss, Babajide Akeredolu allegedly got a share of N430million naira as a consultancy fee from the state money (N4.3billion) discovered at a commercial bank recently, the governor’s son has threatened to sue Agboola for maligning his image.
Babajide said this in a statement made available to SUNSHINETRUTH in Akure today.
Agboola had made the comment during his campaign flag off in Ore as the ZLP governorship candidate ahead of October 10 election.
Here is the press statement of Babajide below;
ALLEGED N430M CONSULTANCY FEE: AGBOOLA AJAYI SHOULD STRIP HIMSELF OF IMMUNITY, PROVE ALLEGATION IN COURT
My attention has been drawn to the spurious allegations made against me by Hon. Agboola Ajayi, the Gubernatorial candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) during his flag off campaign rally on the 19th of September, 2020 at Ore in Odigbo local government area.
This deliberate, malicious and mendacious statement has been making the rounds online and on social media platforms.
The unsubstantiated claim and accusation, designed to mislead the general public and calculated to malign my person for clear political gain, is not only wicked, treacherous and false but clearly most defamatory.
The allegation, which has been making the round without a face to it has been refuted by the state government when it first surfaced. While I find it imperative to state unambiguously that I do not hold any political office, it is evil and most wicked to make such allegation that exist mainly in the minds of Hon. Agboola, the ZLP candidate and his ilk 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.
The statement by Hon. Agboola Ajayi was calculated to disparage my person and credibility and it has caused severe damage to my reputation and professional interests.
In light of the above, I have instructed my Lawyers to institute legal action against Hon. Agboola Ajayi to claim full damages for the harm the false and malicious statement he made has done to my reputation.
He must prove this allegation in the court of law.
If there is any modicum of honesty in the ZLP candidate, I expect that he shows clear willingness to do the honourable thing by stripping himself of his immunity and accept the court process and prove his claims in court of Law.
Babajide A. Akeredolu
(Son of the Ondo state Governor)