Former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has said that he left about N20 billion for his All Progressives Congress, APC, Successor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
Recall, that Akeredolu, while swearing in 18 Commissioners and 10 Special Advisers on Wednesday, had said he inherited N220 billion debt from Mimiko.
However, in a response, the former Governor in a statement in Akure, signed by his former Information Commissioner, Kayode Akinmade, said: “Our attention has been drawn to the speech made by the Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, on the State of finances inherited on February 24, 2017. Former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko.
“We are concerned by the figures in the speech, and feel obliged to put the records straight.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, our administration left about N20 billion in the coffers of the State, at its exit, on February 2017.
“This includes: N7.37 billion in the current Account; N7.53 billion as a fixed deposit; N1.2 billion in the MDG Account; $346,000 and 443,000 Euro in the Domiciliary Account, including the N825 million Sure-P fund at the Local Government Account.
“The above amount, most of which came late into our tenure, was to be used to offset a chunk of owed salaries, before the then Accountant-General made a curious disappearance.’’
“Even at that, it must also be clear that we left office on 24th February 2017, while Federal Allocation for February 2017 salaries was received by the incumbent Government on the 28th of February, 2017.
“The reports are clear and unambiguous about the fact that Ondo State remained the least borrowed of the Six South-Western States and of the 9 Oil Producing States, as at our administration’s exit in February 2017.
“This in all modesty must say a lot about our debt management record.”