- The Ondo State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Razak Obe, said Governor Rotimi Akeredolu's signature has been forged on some documents
- Obe stated this in a letter he wrote to the state deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, on Friday, December 8
- The Commissioner urged Aiyedatiwa to treat the allegation with the urgency it deserves and take appropriate actions
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As reported by The Punch, Obe alleged that Governor Akeredolu’s signature was forged.
This was contained in a letter he wrote to the state deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa
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He called on the attention of Aiyedatiwa to the forged Akeredolu’s signature
According to Vanguard, Obe said the forensic expert had confirmed that the governor’s signature was forged on certain document.
“I write to call your attention to a critical matter that has been confirmed; the signature of Mr Governor on a certain document has been forged.
“The irregularities in the signature were first observed when a file from my ministry was returned through the Office of the Secretary to the State Government. This is the only file that has been returned so far out of the five files that were sent to Mr Governor for approval about two months ago.
“Under close inspection, I noticed significant differences between the suspicious signature and handwriting and Mr. Governor’s known signature and handwriting in the file.”
He added that:
“Considering the possibility that such forgery may be widespread, this heads-up is of utmost importance to the government and people of Ondo State. I have attached a copy of the forensic report and relevant pages from the file for your reference.
“I urge you to treat this matter with the urgency it deserves and take appropriate actions to address the situation. It is crucial that we restore the integrity of our processes and ensure that such a disturbing development is swiftly punctuated.”
Ondo officials allegedly sign documents in Akeredolu’s name
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Kayode Ajulo, on Monday, December 4, alleged that some top officials working directly with Akeredolu, were signing documents on his behalf.
According to Ajulo, five commissioners sent memos to the ailing governor, and they all returned with approval that had noticeable disparities.
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Legit.ng also reported that President Bola Tinubu demanded an unsigned resignation letter from Aiyedatiwa, who was facing impeachment threat from some lawmakers over a call to declare him as the acting governor of the state.
Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership had to step in to arrest the situation. All stakeholders, including Aiyedatiwa, were invited to a meeting with the president, where they were told to maintain the status quo.