PATH NEWS, November 30th 2023
Ondo State Executive Council has dismissed an allegations that the signature of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was being forged by certain persons to loot the state treasury, noting that the Governor still attends to files and treat documents.
Two documents surfaced online with different signatures purportedly belonging to Governor Akeredolu.
However, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, who addressed newsmen after the state Executive Council meeting presided over by Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, said ‘nobody is forging Mr. Governor’s signature’.
This is the first Exco meeting held for the past three months in the state.
Governor Akeredolu’s son, Babajide, who is Director General of Performance and Project Implementation and Monitoring Unit (PPIMU) and other Cabinet members attended the meeting.
Olateju said the two files she sent to Governor Akeredolu were approved and returned to her.
She said resolution reached at the Abuja meeting with President Tinubu was discussed and the key decisions were spelt out for other Exco members that were not present in Abuja.
The Information Commissioner said they agreed to abide by the resolutions as well as embrace peace.
She said the Council approved the N35,000 wage award to civil servants in the state.
According to her, “We discussed issue of pallaitives meant to cushion effect of fuel subsidy removal. We took note of how the palliative fund was spent.
“We discussed the resolution reached in Abuja as one family. We agreed there must be peace.”
On the alleged forgery of the Governor’s signature, she said only forensic expert would determine which signature is real and which is fake.
“I sent two files to the Governor and they came back. It was not different what I am accustomed to.
“Nobody is forging the Governor signature to take out money. The Governor is not bigger than the Executive Council. We vowed to work for the progress of Ondo State. Social media fake news peddlers should desist from spreading fake news,” the Commissioner.