Babajide Akeredolu, son of the Governor of Ondo State, has threatened to sue his father’s deputy, Agboola Ajayi, over alleged false accusation that he siphoned the sum of N433 million from the State’s coffers.
Babajide, who described the allegation by the Deputy Governor as malicious and deliberate attempt to malign his person, urged Ajayi to strip himself of immunity in order to prove his allegation in court.
Last week Saturday, during the flag-off campaign of the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, in Ore, the deputy governor, who is the candidate of ZLP for the October 10 governorship poll, had alleged that the governor’s son benefitted from the N4.3 billion allegedly found in a secret account. Ajayi who has been having running battle with his boss said that Babajide was paid N433 million from the money under the pretence of consultancy fee.
Babajide who vowed to take the issue up with the deputy governor, disclosed that the move by Ajayi was made for political gain, which he described as not only “wicked” but treacherous and false. “I find it imperative to state unambiguously that I do not hold any political office”, he added.
“It is evil and most wicked to make such allegation that exists 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”, Babajide stated.
He added that the allegation was calculated to disparage his person and credibility, which he said had caused severe damage to his reputation and professional interests.
Babajide disclosed that his lawyers have been instructed to institute legal action against Ajayi in order to claim damages for the harm the alleged false statement had done to his reputation.