The Ogun State chapter of Allied Peoples’ Movement, APM, has accused Governor Dapo Abiodun of financial recklessness and buying several new cars including N127m G-wagon with tax payers’ money.
Recall that in the run up to the general election in the state anointed candidates for elective offices of the then governor Ibikunle Amosun defected to APM where they contested including the party’s governorship candidate, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade.
APM’s accusation was contained in the party’s reaction to Gov. Abiodun’s claim that he took N7bn loan from the bank to pay May salaries.
In a statement its acting Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr Olumide Balogun, released, it queried the governor over his claim, saying he had no business borrowing.
It alleged him of mismanaging the state’s fund and spending it on frivolities.
The statement reads: “We must note that he took oath of office in May 29, 2019, and information had it that his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, had already prepared the payment before the handover.
“It is a surprise that a governor who had barely spent three days (as of May 31when the payment was made) in office had borrowed such a huge amount to pay salaries alone.
“Would such borrowing not require the approval of the Ogun State House of Assembly? Is such a transaction in line with the Financial Regulations? Or was the transaction made based on personal relationship or on behalf of the state government?
“Indeed, enquiries suggest that the state received over N5bn from the FAAC for May, which should be more than enough to cover staff salaries, including what Senator Amosun left in the state treasury for the new government. What happened to the money within 48 hours?
“We must not forget quickly that Dapo Abiodun resumed office with a brand new 2019 G-wagon worth of N127m as his official car and changed all the governor’s fleet. This must have cost him hundreds of millions of naira of tax payers’ money.”