- The allegation of N6.8 billion has been refuted by Runsewe family
- According to them, they only got N800 million contract from the state government
- The family added that their company has been executing contracts for the state before Akeredolu's administration
The allegation against Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state that he gave a N6.8 billion contract to his inlaws has been refuted by the Runsewe family.
The family in a statement made available to Legit.ng said the allegation is false because there was no time their company, Dutum Group of Companies, got a contract of such from the state government.
According to the family, the company has been executing contract in the state before the coming of Akeredolu's administration.
Speaking on the allegation, the family wrote:
"On the Ile Oluji Township Road Contract, we will like to state very clearly that the contract was awarded for the sum of N800 million, and not N6.8 billion erroneously being brandished on the internet by some unscrupulous persons.
"Therefore, there is no N25billion contract being executed by the Dutum Construction anywhere in Ondo State. The Ile Oluji road construction is 91% completed with N630million paid to our firm thus far.
"We also want to make it known that out of about 30 road constructions ongoing in Ondo State, only the Ile Oluji township road was awarded to Dutum Company Limited and we stand to be corrected," the family said in the statement.
Going further, the family added: "As a family with impeccable integrity, we do not compromise quality in all our dealings. Our corporate brand is known for quality and excellent service delivery."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that the All Progressives Congress (APC) may not field a candidate in Ondo state.
Documents made available to journalists indicate that the party notified INEC that it has fixed Monday, July 20, for its primary election in the state and invited the electoral commission to monitor the exercise.
However, the letter dated Wednesday, June 17, was only signed by the acting national secretary of the party, Architect Waziri Bulama.
According to the commission, such notices must be jointly signed by the national chairman and national secretary of a political party.
Consequently, INEC rejected the latter and advised the party to do the needful.
The letter was signed by the secretary to the commission, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony.
By virtue of INEC's stance, unless it takes urgent steps to rectify the situation, APC runs the risk of not having a candidate for the Ondo governorship election.
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