- The APC in Ondo state has opened up on the alleged N7.3billion contingency funds Governor Rotimi Akeredolu spent while on medical vacation in Germany
- SaharaReporters made the allegation in a report, adding that the governor approved the money during his three-month stay in Europe without the approval of the state assembly
- But the party explained that the contingency funds were cumulative of palliatives received from the federal government and were spent to the people of the state
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Akure, Ondo - The Ondo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has responded to the allegation the ailing Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state spent N7.3billion for “contingency” between July and September 2023 without the approval of the state assembly.
An online media, SaharaReporters, made the allegation in its report, stating that Akeredolu approved the money while he was on medical vacation in Germany for three months.
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Recalled that Governor Akeredolu initially left the country on July 7 for a 21-day medical leave but returned to the country in September. Since his return, he has yet to resume his duty and has been reportedly staying in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
Following the SaharaReporters' claim, the ruling party in the Southwest state took to its Twitter page on Tuesday, November 21, to clarify the controversial "contingency" fund spent without the approval of the state assembly.
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The APC in the state noted that its move was to provide clarity and transparency on the fund, adding that it was the cumulative amount of palliative the state received from the federal government.
It explained that the contingency funds were allocated under unforeseen expenses, which were not part of the budget for the fiscal year, but they were necessary in the interest of the public.
The statement reads in part:
"Governor Akeredolu did not personally spend the N7.3billion; rather, these funds were appropriately utilised for palliatives. The funds were released to the state by the federal government as part of the efforts to mitigate the impact of the fuel subsidy removal nationwide."
See the tweet here:
"To God be the Glory": Ondo people celebrate return of Governor Akeredolu
Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has returned to Nigeria after spending three months in Germany for medical treatment.
Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, the first lady of the state, shared the picture of the governor's return on social media on Thursday.
His return comes after several speculations that the governor died while undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
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